Prince William and Kate Middleton tour search and rescue base in Caernarfon

While Prince Harry and Meghan were busy introducing the world to his first-born, Prince William headed back to familiar territory today as he returned to meet his former work-mates in North Wales. 

Joined by Kate, looking striking in a red woollen blazer by Lorenzo Serafini and skinny black jeans, the 36-year-old father-of-three, who yesterday joked that he was looking forward to welcoming his younger brother into the ‘sleep deprivation club’, looked delighted to be among friends again as he toured the Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Base.   

The Duke of Cambridge, who worked for three years at RAF Valley on Anglesey, made the trip to north on a soggy day to learn about the work being done by the search and rescue helicopter team.  

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Kate stretches out a hand as she arrives with Prince William in North Wales today. Braving the rain, the Duchess looked stylish in a striking red blazer by Lorenzo Serafini

Kate stretches out a hand as she arrives with Prince William in North Wales today. Braving the rain, the Duchess looked stylish in a striking red blazer by Lorenzo Serafini

Kate stretches out a hand as she arrives with Prince William in North Wales today. Braving the rain, the Duchess looked stylish in a striking red blazer by Lorenzo Serafini

Kate smiled through the dreary weather as she met search and rescue workers at the Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Base in North Wales

Kate smiled through the dreary weather as she met search and rescue workers at the Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Base in North Wales

Right: the royal steps off the tarmac - awash with puddles - at the base

Right: the royal steps off the tarmac - awash with puddles - at the base

Kate smiled through the dreary weather as she met search and rescue workers at the Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Base in North Wales. Right: The Duchess strides forth, taking care to dodge the puddles in her heeled boots

Prince William, wearing a dark blue suit, looked delighted to be back among friends as he arrived at the base; yesterday the prince joked he was looking forward to welcoming Prince Harry and Meghan to the 'sleep deprivation club'

Prince William, wearing a dark blue suit, looked delighted to be back among friends as he arrived at the base; yesterday the prince joked he was looking forward to welcoming Prince Harry and Meghan to the 'sleep deprivation club'

Prince William, wearing a dark blue suit, looked delighted to be back among friends as he arrived at the base; yesterday the prince joked he was looking forward to welcoming Prince Harry and Meghan to the ‘sleep deprivation club’

A confident Kate led the way as the couple touched down to meet members of the Coastguard helicopter team

A confident Kate led the way as the couple touched down to meet members of the Coastguard helicopter team

A confident Kate led the way as the couple touched down to meet members of the Coastguard helicopter team

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked confident as she strode forward to greet members of the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter team. 

Teaming her red blazer with a pair of skinny black jeans and knee-length black suede boots, Kate finished the look with a crocodile-skin black handbag.

Meanwhile, Prince William donned a dark blue suit, with a racing green sweater and smart suede brogues.  

Yesterday, as the couple launched the inaugural King’s Cup Regatta at the Cutty Sark, in south-east London, proud uncle William told well-wishers he is ‘looking forward’ to meeting his nephew ‘in the next few days’ once ‘things have quietened down’. 

He added jokingly: ‘I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.’    

Kate, who looked chic in a nautical-inspired outfit for the outing, shared her husband’s delight, saying: ‘It’s such a special time, obviously with Louis and Charlotte just having had their birthdays, it’s such a great time of year to have a baby. Spring is in the air.’ The couple also revealed they do not yet know the baby’s name.

After moving under cover, the couple listened intently as a helicopter pilot talked about the role he has at the base

After moving under cover, the couple listened intently as a helicopter pilot talked about the role he has at the base

After moving under cover, the couple listened intently as a helicopter pilot talked about the role he has at the base

A beaming Kate smiled at employees of the North Wales base as the couple arrived this morning

A beaming Kate smiled at employees of the North Wales base as the couple arrived this morning

A beaming Kate smiled at employees of the North Wales base as the couple arrived this morning

The Duchess of Cambridge teamed her red blazer with a pair of skinny black jeans and knee-length black suede boots

The Duchess of Cambridge teamed her red blazer with a pair of skinny black jeans and knee-length black suede boots

The Duchess of Cambridge teamed her red blazer with a pair of skinny black jeans and knee-length black suede boots

Hello! Prince William and Kate meet a line-up of search and rescue men next to a coastguard helicopter

Hello! Prince William and Kate meet a line-up of search and rescue men next to a coastguard helicopter

Hello! Prince William and Kate meet a line-up of search and rescue men next to a coastguard helicopter

Baby Sussex arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz. It is expected he will be seen for the first time tomorrow after Harry and Meghan decided to eschew the tradition of a photo call in the hours after the birth. 

However Prince Harry did make a short media appearance to share his excitement and reveal that Meghan and the baby were doing well.  

The Duke of Cambridge said he was 'absolutely thrilled' about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, adding he was 'looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down'

The Duke of Cambridge said he was 'absolutely thrilled' about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, adding he was 'looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down'

The Duke of Cambridge said he was ‘absolutely thrilled’ about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, adding he was ‘looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down’

The Duchess of Cambridge, elegant in a Breton stripe top and £150 LK Bennett trousers, said it is 'such a special time' for Harry and Meghan as new parents

The Duchess of Cambridge, elegant in a Breton stripe top and £150 LK Bennett trousers, said it is 'such a special time' for Harry and Meghan as new parents

William and Kate revealed they do not know Baby Sussex's name

William and Kate revealed they do not know Baby Sussex's name

The Duchess of Cambridge, elegant in a Breton stripe top and £150 LK Bennett trousers, said it is ‘such a special time’ for Harry and Meghan as new parents. William and Kate revealed they do not know Baby Sussex’s name 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz

The Duke of Sussex later appeared on camera (right) to share his joy and thank well-wishers for their support

The Duke of Sussex later appeared on camera (right) to share his joy and thank well-wishers for their support

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz. The Duke of Sussex later appeared on camera (right) to share his joy and thank well-wishers for their support

Uncle William shares his joy on his nephew’s arrival 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared their delight at Baby Sussex’s arrival while speaking to well-wishers during a walkabout in south-east London today. 

William said he was ‘obviously thrilled’ at the news his brother Harry and sister-in-law Meghan had welcomed a son yesterday morning. 

Speaking to a crowd at the Cutty Sark, William said he was ‘looking forward’ to seeing the new arrival in the coming days. 

He added cheekily: ‘I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.’

The Duchess of Cambridge was also visibly thrilled by the news, admitting to one royal supporter that it is ‘such a special time’ for Harry, Meghan and the family. 

She also noted that her own children Louis and Charlotte have recently celebrated their first and fourth birthdays, respectively. Kate continued: ‘It’s such a great time of year to have a baby, spring is in the air.

‘As William said, we’re looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name’s going to be so so it’s really exciting for both of them and we wish them all the best,’ she said.

Speaking from experience as a mother of three, Kate added: ‘These next few weeks are always a bit daunting the first time round so we wish them all the best.’

William and Kate spoke about Baby Sussex as they arrived to launch the charity King’s Cup regatta, which will see the couple go head-to-head in the race off the Isle of Wight in August.

Shortly after stepping out of the car, William and Kate were quizzed over their nephew’s arrival. 

Asked if he had any pearls of wisdom for his younger brother, William said: ‘Plenty of advice, plenty of advice. But no, I wish him all the best and I hope the next few days they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in their family and the joys that come with that.’

The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in a Breton top and £150 LK Bennett trousers, added: ‘As William said, we’re looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name’s going to be so so it’s really exciting for both of them and we wish them all the best. These next few weeks are always a bit daunting the first time round so we wish them all the best.’ 

The Prince of Wales has also spoken publicly for the first time about the birth, saying he was ‘delighted’ at arrival of his latest grandchild.

During an official visit to Germany with the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles said: ‘We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return.’

Meanwhile the Queen and Prince Philip stepped out for a second engagement, during which Her Majesty shared her joy at becoming a great-grandmother for the eighth time.  

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laughed as they spoke to members of the public during the outing this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laughed as they spoke to members of the public during the outing this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laughed as they spoke to members of the public during the outing this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in her flattering nautical ensemble, adding a touch of colour with a red clutch bag

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in her flattering nautical ensemble, adding a touch of colour with a red clutch bag

The Duchess of Cambridge plumped for a pair of high waist trousers that elongated her legs

The Duchess of Cambridge plumped for a pair of high waist trousers that elongated her legs

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in her flattering nautical ensemble, adding a touch of colour with a red clutch bag

Kate smiled as she waved to the crowds that waited patiently for a glimpse of the royal couple at the event in south London

Kate smiled as she waved to the crowds that waited patiently for a glimpse of the royal couple at the event in south London

Kate smiled as she waved to the crowds that waited patiently for a glimpse of the royal couple at the event in south London 

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a mother of three, said it is 'such a special time' for Harry, Meghan and the family

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a mother of three, said it is 'such a special time' for Harry, Meghan and the family

The Duchess of Cambridge shared her excitement on the arrival of Baby Sussex

The Duchess of Cambridge shared her excitement on the arrival of Baby Sussex

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a mother of three, said it is ‘such a special time’ for Harry, Meghan and the family

Well-wishers reached out to take hold of Kate's hand as she spent time greeting members of the public today

Well-wishers reached out to take hold of Kate's hand as she spent time greeting members of the public today

Well-wishers reached out to take hold of Kate’s hand as she spent time greeting members of the public today 

Royal supporters were keen to snap photos of William and Kate as they made their first appearance since Baby Sussex's birth

Royal supporters were keen to snap photos of William and Kate as they made their first appearance since Baby Sussex's birth

Royal supporters were keen to snap photos of William and Kate as they made their first appearance since Baby Sussex’s birth

The Duchess of Cambridge was happy to speak about her new nephew's arrival after he was born yesterday morning

The Duchess of Cambridge was happy to speak about her new nephew's arrival after he was born yesterday morning

The Duchess of Cambridge was happy to speak about her new nephew’s arrival after he was born yesterday morning

The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sportswoman, joined a boy for a turn on the sailing dinghy simulator at the launch event

The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sportswoman, joined a boy for a turn on the sailing dinghy simulator at the launch event

The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sportswoman, joined a boy for a turn on the sailing dinghy simulator at the launch event

The Duchess of Cambridge spent time speaking to a group of children as she arrived at the event in London this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge spent time speaking to a group of children as she arrived at the event in London this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge spent time speaking to a group of children as she arrived at the event in London this afternoon

The Queen was asked by one guest: ‘Life is good for Your Majesty?’, to which the Queen replied: ‘Yes, thank you.’

‘Congratulations. Another great-grandchild!’ the guest said to her. The Queen replied happily: ‘Yes, I know.’

She was then asked ‘How many of them have you got now?’ before replying ‘Eight’.

Buckingham Palace said on Monday that the Queen and the Duke were ‘delighted’ at the news of the birth of Harry and Meghan’s baby son.

The engagement marked the first time the Duke of Edinburgh has been seen in public since his Land Rover crashed near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in January.

The Duchess of Cambridge burst into laughter as she shared a playful moment with husband William at the regatta launch

The Duchess of Cambridge burst into laughter as she shared a playful moment with husband William at the regatta launch

The Duchess of Cambridge burst into laughter as she shared a playful moment with husband William at the regatta launch

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex admired the Cutty Sark, which was built in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex admired the Cutty Sark, which was built in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex admired the Cutty Sark, which was built in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line

Kate gestured to something on the ship while William gazed up at the towering structure in Greenwich on Tuesday

Kate gestured to something on the ship while William gazed up at the towering structure in Greenwich on Tuesday

Kate gestured to something on the ship while William gazed up at the towering structure in Greenwich on Tuesday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in good spirits as they learned more about the Cutty Sark

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in good spirits as they learned more about the Cutty Sark

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in good spirits as they learned more about the Cutty Sark 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched the charity regatta, which will benefit eight charities supported by the couple

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched the charity regatta, which will benefit eight charities supported by the couple

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched the charity regatta, which will benefit eight charities supported by the couple 

The royal couple beamed as they officially unveiled the King's Cup, which was first presented by King George V in 1920

The royal couple beamed as they officially unveiled the King's Cup, which was first presented by King George V in 1920

The royal couple beamed as they officially unveiled the King’s Cup, which was first presented by King George V in 1920 

The historic trophy, unveiled by William and Kate today, was first presented by King George V at Cowes' Royal Yacht Squadron

The historic trophy, unveiled by William and Kate today, was first presented by King George V at Cowes' Royal Yacht Squadron

The historic trophy, unveiled by William and Kate today, was first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron

Prince Philip is seen with the Queen for first time since his car accident as she tells of delight at birth of eighth great-grandchild following Baby Sussex’s arrival

The Queen has been seen with Prince Philip for the first time since his car accident in a rare public appearance. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, joined the Queen, 93, at a lunch for members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle today. 

The royal couple, who have just become great-grandparents for the eighth time following the arrival of Baby Sussex, posed for a group photograph before the Queen was quizzed on the newest addition to the family by one of the guests. 

It is the first time Philip has been seen in public since his Land Rover crashed near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in January.   

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Queen at a lunch for members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle today (pictured)

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Queen at a lunch for members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle today (pictured)

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Queen at a lunch for members of the Order of Merit at Windsor Castle today (pictured)

The royal couple, who have just become great-grandparents for the eighth time following the arrival of Baby Sussex, posed for a group photograph before the Queen was quizzed on the new arrival by one of the guests

The royal couple, who have just become great-grandparents for the eighth time following the arrival of Baby Sussex, posed for a group photograph before the Queen was quizzed on the new arrival by one of the guests

The royal couple, who have just become great-grandparents for the eighth time following the arrival of Baby Sussex, posed for a group photograph before the Queen was quizzed on the new arrival by one of the guests

The Queen was asked by one guest: ‘Life is good for Your Majesty?’, to which the Queen replied: ‘Yes, thank you.’

‘Congratulations. Another great-grandchild!’ the guest said to her. The Queen replied happily: ‘Yes, I know.’

She was then asked ‘How many of them have you got now?’ before replying ‘Eight’.

Buckingham Palace said on Monday that the Queen and the Duke were ‘delighted’ at the news of the birth of Harry and Meghan’s baby son.

The Queen and Philip gathered with Sir David Attenborough, artist David Hockney, former Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd, and inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, among others, for a group shot inside the castle.

The Order of Merit was created in 1902 by Edward VII to honour leaders in the arts, sciences, culture and military, and is limited to just 24 living members. Philip, 97, was made a member of the Order in 1968.

The King’s Cup regatta will be hosted by William and Kate on August 9 on the Isle of Wight, and will see the couple compete as the skippers of rival boats, part of an eight-strong field.

The winning team will be awarded the King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

William and Kate hope the King’s Cup will become an annual event, bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, while also raising support and funds for their causes.

The duke trounced his wife when they competed in a dragon boat race in Canada in 2011, but Kate got her revenge three years later when she won a sailing event in Auckland during their tour of New Zealand.

William took the honours again during a visit to the German city of Heidelberg in 2017, when he was victorious in a riverboat race against his wife.

The eight boats taking part in the King’s Cup will each represent one of the charities that are being supported this year by the royal couple.

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in her blue, white and red ensemble as she arrived at the Cutty Sark in London

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in her blue, white and red ensemble as she arrived at the Cutty Sark in London

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in her blue, white and red ensemble as she arrived at the Cutty Sark in London

Kate appeared delighted as William spoke of his joy about becoming an uncle to Harry and Meghan's baby boy

Kate appeared delighted as William spoke of his joy about becoming an uncle to Harry and Meghan's baby boy

The Duchess of Cambridge today

The Duchess of Cambridge today

Kate appeared delighted as William spoke of his joy about becoming an uncle to Harry and Meghan’s baby boy

Kate, 37, donned a nautical-inspired outfit as she joined William, 36, to launch the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup regatta, which will see the couple go head-to-head in a charity sailing race off the Isle of Wight summer

Kate, 37, donned a nautical-inspired outfit as she joined William, 36, to launch the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup regatta, which will see the couple go head-to-head in a charity sailing race off the Isle of Wight summer

Kate, 37, donned a nautical-inspired outfit as she joined William, 36, to launch the inaugural regatta The King’s Cup regatta, which will see the couple go head-to-head in a charity sailing race off the Isle of Wight summer

Smiling and laughing, William and Kate shared a light-hearted moment as they arrived at the Cutty Sark on Tuesday afternoon

Smiling and laughing, William and Kate shared a light-hearted moment as they arrived at the Cutty Sark on Tuesday afternoon

Smiling and laughing, William and Kate shared a light-hearted moment as they arrived at the Cutty Sark on Tuesday afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in a particularly good mood following the arrival of the Sussexes' baby boy yesterday

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in a particularly good mood following the arrival of the Sussexes' baby boy yesterday

Kate beamed as she arrived for the event

Kate beamed as she arrived for the event

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in a particularly good mood following the arrival of the Sussexes’ baby boy yesterday

The Duchess of Cambridge received a beautiful bouquet of blue, purple and pale pink flowers as she arrived at the event

The Duchess of Cambridge received a beautiful bouquet of blue, purple and pale pink flowers as she arrived at the event

The Duchess of Cambridge received a beautiful bouquet of blue, purple and pale pink flowers as she arrived at the event

These include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk – four causes which the duke supports as patron.

The duchess will support four of her patronages: Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with her work on the early years development of children.

Members of the public can watch the race from the SailGP Race Village along the Cowes foreshore, which is free to access and will include an 800-seater grandstand.

Footage from the race will play on screens across the town and there will be a number of family-friendly activities and exhibits to promote sailing around the event, including initiatives and programmes for children and young people. 

 

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