Mummy, are you there? Princess KateAnd Prince William’s three children are all too familiar with their parents’ engagement photos — and they had an unexpected reaction to the throwback snaps when they saw them for the first time.
“Oh my goodness, is that from our engagement?” the Princess of Wales, 40, marveled over a gifted photo during a Tuesday, September 27, walkabout in Wales, per TikTok footage. “[William and I]This is something I always have a good time with. Although we’ve been married for 11 years, we’ve been together for double that, so it’s extraordinary.”
Kate and Prince of Wales, 40, visited the towns in Anglesey, Wales, on Tuesday. It was their first visit to Wales since they received their new royal titles. King Charles IIIAfter his accession to power. The duke and duchess — who later visited RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station in Anglesey — also met with crowds of well-wishers.
“The children look back at the photos and say, ‘Mummy, you look so young!’” Kate quipped on Tuesday, referring to sons Prince George, 9, and Prince Louis, 4, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 7.
Although William and Kate have been married more than a decade now, they first met as undergraduate students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. After several years of dating, the former RAF pilot proposed with his late mother Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring.
“It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really,” William recalled the big moment during their official engagement interview with the BBC in November 2010. “We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed.”
He added: “I’d been planning it for a while but as every guy out there will know it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going. It was something I was planning and then it just felt right out there in Africa. It was beautiful at that time. I just … I had done a little bit of planning to show my romantic side.”
They tied the knot in April 2011, almost two years after they had their first child, George. Later, Charlotte and Louis added to their family.
As William and Kate continued balancing their royal duties and parenthood, the 73-year-old king bestowed his former titles of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall onto his eldest son after becoming king following Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8. Kate was awarded the titles of Princess of Wales, Duchess and Duke of Cornwall that Diana previously held. Queen Consort Camilla.
“It has a huge emotional weight,” royal expert Gareth Russell Only spoken Us Weekly This was earlier in the month about William and Kate’s new monikers. “Princess Diana had such a great impact across the world with both her charisma and her fame and also her humanitarian and charitable activities.”
The historian added: “I think it is quite moving for a lot of people that the last person to hold [the Princess of Wales title] was William’s mother and now it’s his wife. It puts a good amount of pressure. [on the Cambridges] because it brings a lot of the emotional collateral charisma that Princess Diana had and invests that title with a certain emotional appeal to people.”