Kate and William to visit Wales for first official trip with new titles

The monarchy and their households are returning to official duties as the period of royal mourning in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II ends

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Flags at royal residences remained at half-mast until 8am on Tuesday, while the Prince and Princess of Wales are to visit the nation for the first time since taking up their titles.

Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, the Royal Family has only carried out official duties where appropriate, and its members have dressed in black as a mark of respect when in public.

From Tuesday they will be able to carry out their normal official roles in full after observing the seven-day period of mourning.

William and Kate will spend the day travelling the length of Wales, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, and then travelling to Swansea in South West Wales.

The Prince and Princess of Wales
The Prince and Princess of Wales
Kate and William's visit will be their first trip to Wales since Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
Kate and William's visit will be their first trip to Wales since Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

The royal couple had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity, and return hoping to begin “deepening the trust and respect” they have with the people of Wales.

The last official visit the pair made to Wales was as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cardiff Castle in June, where rehearsals for the Platinum Jubilee concert were taking place.

King Charles III carried out one official engagement during royal mourning, holding a telephone audience with Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on Thursday evening, the eve of his tax-cutting mini budget.

The Prince and Princess of Wales praised volunteers and operational staff they met at Windsor that day, for their efforts at events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's committal service.

The King travelled to Scotland soon after his mother's funeral last Monday and could remain at his home of Birkhall into early October, following the tradition set by the late monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II would normally spend around 10 weeks at her Scottish home during summer, returning to London around the time the autumn session of Parliament began.

Planning is likely to be under way for the King’s coronation next year.