Kate gets first taste of royal duty

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Prince William and Kate Middleton share a joke at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station in Anglesey

Kate Middleton got her first taste of her future as a Royal by dedicating a new lifeboat with champagne.

The 29-year-old sparkled as she appeared alongside Prince William in their much-anticipated first official engagement since announcing their wedding.

She was a guest of honour at Trearddur Bay lifeboat station in Anglesey, North Wales, where the couple attended a service of dedication for a new lifeboat.

After the pair arrived Miss Middleton emerged from their Range Rover dressed for the blustery coastal conditions in a smart beige coat by British designer Katherine Hooker with suede boots, leather gloves and black scarf.

Her hair was tied back and crowned by a feather fascinator by Wiltshire milliner Vivien Sheriff bearing two badges. One represented the Royal Welch Fusiliers, which was as a gift, Clarence House said, but would not reveal who gave Miss Middleton the badge.

Despite it being her official debut performance, Miss Middleton looked every inch the Royal veteran, laughing and smiling as she carried out her duties. After meeting dignitaries and listening to her fiance make a speech applauding the work of RNLI rescue crews, Miss Middleton poured a bottle of bubbly over the Hereford Endeavour.

Well-wishers cheered and applauded as she spent time shaking hands and chatting with them. Relaxed and amiable, she looked at ease throughout the visit which lasted nearly two hours.

In December, she and the Prince attended a private fundraiser in Norfolk for the Teenage Cancer Trust but there was nowhere near the level of interest as this official engagement.

Jean and Keith Critchley took their three-year-old grandson, Samuel, to the royal walkabout. Mrs Critchley, 63, from Warrington, Cheshire, said: “They are a lovely couple. He is a great lad and she is a beautiful girl.”

Mary Shaw, 71, from Trearddur Bay, agreed. “They are a lovely couple,” she said, as music from the Menai Bridge Brass Band and the Holyhead Male Voice Choir helped the crowd get into celebratory spirit.

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