Prince William and Princess Kate are getting ready for Wales’ national day, St. David’s feast day – their first as Prince and Princess of Wales.
The royal couple visited Cardiff just a few days ago – for the Wales vs. England Six Nations rugby match, where the Prince and Princess are rival patrons – and South Wales on Tuesday.
Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre was their first stop of the day, where they saw a new initiative that will create an outdoor garden in hopes of encouraging better mental health.
A statement on the royal couple’s Instagram Page – written in both English and Welsh – announces the initiative: “Exciting news! In our second Community Impact Day we’re launching a collaboration between The Royal Foundation and Life at No. 27, creating allotments and therapy gardens to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across South Wales.”
Prince William and Princess Catherine’s second stop was the Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre, where they learned about the importance of exercise in boosting mood and mental health.
The Prince and Princess of Wales spent time with both young people and professional athletes at the centre, which included Harrison Walsh, Paralympic discus thrower, and sprinter, Hannah Brier.
The couple – known for their competitiveness on royal engagements, whether it be sailing, playing ping-pong or making cocktails – hopped on stationary bikes for a spin challenge, for which the Princess was in heeled boots and a skirt!
Their last engagement of the day was at the Wales Air Ambulance’s HQ, meeting with emergency workers, volunteers and supporters, and hearing about the Air Ambulance’s recent operations across Wales.
An exciting announcement saw Prince William – who had previously served as and Air Ambulance and RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot – named as the Royal Patron of the Wales Air Ambulance charity.
Wednesday will see the Prince and Princess of Wales attending the annual St. David’s Day parade in Windsor, they will also visit the Welsh Guards – with William recently made honorary Colonel of the Welsh Guards.
The couple is focused on “deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time,” says a royal source, adding that “the Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they’ve approached their work previously.”