Duke and Duchess meet up with old is­land friends

Bangor Mail - - Front Page - Mari Jones

THE Duchess of Cam­bridge once ap­peared as a “very at­trac­tive” Miss Moneypenny at a James Bond-themed party, it was re­vealed as she and her hus­band re­turned to An­gle­sey to meet fa­mil­iar faces from their time on the is­land.

The Duke and Duchess met with mem­bers of the 1st Me­nai Bridge Scout Group on the beach at Lland­dwyn in what was de­scribed by one of the group’s lead­ers as a “re­union of friends”.

The Duchess vol­un­teered with the group when she lived on An­gle­sey, and asked to meet with them dur­ing the royal cou­ple’s visit to the is­land.

Sue Hes­keth, the group’s Cub leader, said: “She said how nice it was to see us again, and how happy she was that we were still in­volved in scout­ing.

“Prince Wil­liam also said it was nice to meet us, as he’d heard a lot about us.

“It was funny be­cause, when she started help­ing out and got stuck in, some of the chil­dren got told off when they told their par­ents that the Duchess had be­come a helper – they thought they were fib­bing.”

Mal­colm Rogers, a Scout leader, said: “It was a re­union of friends to­day. It was so lovely to see the Duchess again.

“She re­ally got stuck in with us and the chil­dren and, when we had a James Bond-themed party, she made a very at­trac­tive Miss Moneypenny.

“She told us to­day how much she

en­joyed vol­un­teer­ing with us.”

Christo­pher Hughes, 16, re­mem­bered the Duchess help­ing with the group when he was just nine years old, and was rein­tro­duced yes­ter­day to the fu­ture queen.

Speak­ing about her work with the group in the past, he said: “We didn’t know who she was at first, but we were told she was im­por­tant.

“It was very ex­cit­ing at the time, but re­ally she was very nor­mal with us.”

The Duke and Duchess also joined a beach clean­ing with chil­dren from Ys­gol Santes Dwyn­wen, which opened just a week ago.

Teacher Manon Wil­liams said: “The Duke and Duchess were re­ally lovely with the chil­dren. They asked them a lot of ques­tions about the en­vi­ron­ment. You can tell they re­ally care.

“Prince Wil­liam said he loved Lland­dwyn, and praised the chil­dren for help­ing to keep it clean.”

An­gle­sey was fa­mously the home of the royal cou­ple be­tween 2010 to 2013, when the Duke worked as an RAF search and res­cue pi­lot.

The cou­ple were spot­ted reg­u­larly around the is­land, with the White Ea­gle pub in Rhoscolyn be­com­ing a favourite spot and the Duchess be­ing seen in Waitrose in Me­nai Bridge.

As well as vis­it­ing Lland­dwyn, yes­ter­day they also went to the Caernar­fon Coast­guard Search and Res­cue He­li­copter Base, where they viewed the Siko­rsky S92 he­li­copters and met mem­bers of the team, many of whom pre­vi­ously worked along­side the Duke at RAF Val­ley.

The Duke and Duchess also joined a dis­cus­sion with crew mem­bers about the men­tal health chal­lenges that re­sult from work­ing as first re­spon­ders, and met staff from the Wales Air Am­bu­lance, which op­er­ates next door to the base.

From Caernar­fon, their Royal High­nesses trav­elled to An­gle­sey to visit Halen Môn An­gle­sey Sea Salt, where they saw the salt-mak­ing process from hand-har­vest­ing to pack­ag­ing.

■ The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge dur­ing a visit to New­bor­ough Beach

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