Prince William pledges to serve Welsh people with 'humility and great respect' and to visit 'very soon'

The Prince of Wales made the comments during a phone call with the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford on Sunday

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The Prince of Wales pledged to serve the Welsh people with “humility and great respect” and to travel to the nation “very soon” in a phone call with the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford on Sunday, Kensington Palace said.

A statement from Kensington Palace said: “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the First Minister of Wales spoke by telephone earlier today.

“HRH thanked the First Minister for his fitting tribute, on behalf of the people of Wales, to Her Majesty The Queen.

“HRH expressed his and The Princess of Wales’s honour in being asked by His Majesty The King to serve the Welsh people. They will do so with humility and great respect.

The Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales

“The Prince acknowledged his and the Princess’s deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey including during the earliest months of Prince George’s life."

It added: “The Prince and Princess will spend the months and years ahead deepening their relationship with communities across Wales.

“They want to do their part to support the aspirations of the Welsh people and to shine a spotlight on both the challenges and opportunities in front of them.

“The Prince and Princess look forward to celebrating Wales’s proud history and traditions as well as a future that is full of promise.

“They will seek to live up to the proud contribution that members of the Royal family have made in years past.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford

“TRHs look forward to travelling to Wales very soon, and to meeting the First Minister and other leaders at the earliest opportunity.”

Speaking on Saturday, the Prince of Wales paid a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

The statement released by Kensington Palace said: “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.

“I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful.

“I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had 20 years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.

“She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.

“I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all.

“My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen.

“I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.”