Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Princess Catherine visited Pembrokeshire on Friday (September 8) to attend a special service of thanksgiving at St Davids Cathedral in honour of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During their visit, they enjoyed a trip to a local seaweed farm and had an opportunity to find out more about the RNLI’s lifesaving work in Wales.

Princess Kate talks to RNLI Volunteer at St Davids Lifeboat Station
(RNLI/Christina Williams)

St Davids RNLI volunteers were honoured to welcome The Prince and Princess of Wales to St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station.

Prince William was an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, stationed at RAF Valley off Anglesey, which included working with the RNLI’s lifeboat crew on rescues during his time in the role.

Their Royal Highnesses boarded the station’s Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley and were taken on the short trip around the headland to the new station. They witnessed the modern lifeboat being winched back to safety on the slipway.

Prince and Princess of Wales at the end of their Lifeboat trip
(RNLI/Christina Williams)

Once their feet were on dry land, they had an opportunity to meet with volunteers who help save lives at sea off Pembrokeshire.

Princess Catherine talks to RNLI volunteers
(RNLI/Christina Williams)

St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Williams said:

“It was such a pleasure to welcome The Prince and Princess of Wales to our lifeboat station. They were genuinely interested in the work of the RNLI and spent time talking to volunteers about their different roles.

“The Royal couple were invited onboard the Tamar class lifeboat to see our stunning coastline from a different perspective. It was great to show Their Royal Highnesses how we recover our lifeboat on the slipway and day-to-day operations. Our volunteers are very proud of what they do. Meeting The Prince and Princess was a real honour and something none of them will forget.“

Lifeboat volunteers at St Davids on the day of the royal visit.
(RNLI/Christina Williams)

It was also a day to remember for four-year-old Isla Kohler and her two-year-old brother Albert, children of St Davids Deputy Coxswain Judd Kohler and crew member Ellen Evans, who signalled the end of the visit by presenting a posy to The Princess of Wales.

Isla and Arthur Kohler presenting the Princess of Wales with a posy at St Davids RNLI
(RNLI/Christina Williams)