The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit South Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join primary school pupils in a beach clean-up during a visit to Newborough Beach in North Wales.


Tuesday 4th February 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to the Mumbles and Port Talbot on Tuesday 4th February to visit organisations and businesses at the heart of the local communities.

Their Royal Highnesses will first visit the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Mumbles Lifeboat station, which is one of Wales’ busiest lifeboat stations. The Duke and Duchess will board the lifeboat and will speak to crewmembers about day-to-day life as part of a team which provides 24-hour rescue services to those facing difficulties at sea. Lifeboat operations in The Mumbles have been looked after by the RNLI since 1863 and the service frequently helps the greatest number of people for a single station in Wales.

Their Royal Highnesses will also meet volunteers before watching the Mumbles Lifeboat launch as part of a training exercise.

The Duke and Duchess will visit Tata Steel in Port Talbot to meet with employees and their families at the UK’s largest steel plant, which has been operating on the site for over one hundred years. The plant is a vital employer in the area, providing over 4,000 jobs to members of the local community. Their Royal Highnesses will join a discussion with company directors and trade unions before spending time with workers in the plant’s Hot Strip Mill, and in its Training Academy.

Their Royal Highnesses’ last engagement of the day will be to the Bulldogs Development Centre. The Bulldogs is a partnership between Bulldogs Boxing & Community Activities and Port Talbot Amateur Boxing, which helps to support young people in the community who may have been affected by adverse childhood experiences and mental health issues, and gives them a sense of belonging through fitness and boxing. Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to The Bulldogs coincides with Children’s Mental Health Week which takes place between 3rd-9th February 2020.

Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, of which the Duchess of Cambridge is patron, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

The Bulldogs’ work is focused around a programme which it uses to help young people achieve their goals and improve both their physical and mental health through five pillars: personal development; open access; education, employment and training; fitness and boxing; and support services. Bulldogs Boxing has so far helped support over 1,500 young people.

The Duke and Duchess will join children and young people participating in different fitness and teamwork activities, before meeting a group of volunteers who help deliver the programmes.

Catch up on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s most recent engagements, in the latest issue of Royal Life magazine.

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