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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate St David's Day in Wales - best photos

William and Kate visited Abergavenny and Blaenavon

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Emily Nash
Emily Nash - London
Royal EditorLondon
Updated: March 1, 2022
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are getting their children involved in farming, Prince William has revealed on a day out to Wales to mark St David’s Day.

The future Prince and Princess of Wales were visiting a goat farm in Llanvetherine, near Abergavenny and shared how Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis had helped with their animals during half term.

The royal couple toured Pant Farm, where Gary and Jess Yeomans produce goat milk that has supplied a local cheesemaker for the past two decades.

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After arriving about 20 minutes behind schedule due to bad weather in London, the royal couple cooed over some five-week-old goats in a barn, with one keen to nibble on the future King’s finger as he stroked them, “Ow! That definitely got my finger there,” he laughed. "They've got slightly larger teeth at the back!"

The Duke also heard how they were following in the footsteps of the Prince of Wales, who joined Gary and Jess for tea and Welsh Cakes at the farm in 2002.

Commenting on the animals, William said: “They look in very healthy condition, the goats. Very glossy coats.”

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Following their visit to the farm, William and Kate tweeted: "Seeing first-hand the benefits that local businesses receive through their communities at this lovely family-run farm, promoting local produce and sustainable practices.

"Learning about the importance of the agricultural industry to people in rural communities here in Wales this #StDavidsDay.

"Working with local businesses, promoting local produce and sustainable practices you can really see how farms like this are the lifeblood of the community."

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The Duke studied agricultural management at Cambridge University in 2014, but it seems the Duchess also has farming running in her veins.

Kate told her hosts: "I was looking into my ancestry and there was someone who was a rare breed goat farmer. I will have to find out which on it was. It was just after the First World War."

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The Duchess was dressed casually for her visit to the farm, wearing her trusty Seeland jacket with black jeans and brown Blundstone ankle boots. 

Kate accessorised with a red scarf in a nod to the Welsh flag and both she and the Duke sported daffodil pins - the national emblem. 

The Duchess also sported new twisted hoop earrings, £60, from Spells of Love

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William and Kate later embarked on their first joint walkabout since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and were welcomed with a cheering crowd outside Abergavenny Market.

Some 90 pupils from the local Cantref Primary School sang for the royal visitors, many dressed in traditional Welsh costumes for St David's Day.

The couple were presented with posies of flowers and a box of Welsh cakes to take home, but one cheeky schoolboy asked the future King to share them. Laughing, William replied: "I would love to share them, but there are not enough for all of you!"

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Crowds greeted the Cambridges as they left the market, with the couple stopping to chat to some children, who presented Kate with a bouquet of daffodils. 

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A tender moment captured between the Duke and Duchess. 

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After their visit to Abergavenny Market, William and Kate shared on social media: "It's great to see the benefits first-hand that local businesses receive through their communities here in Wales this #StDavidsDay.

"Here at Abergavenny Market, produce comes from all across the local area - including the lovely family-run Pant Farm which we visited earlier today.

"The importance of community for local business is so vital as we met and heard from third, fourth and even fifth generations of family businesses welcoming customers."

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The Duchess later swapped her outerwear for a repeat green SportMax coat and a matching high-neck knit. 

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The Duke and Duchess then visited Blaenavon Hwb, a community-focused youth centre that helps to support over 600 local young people.

William and Kate met some of the 11 to 25 year olds helped by the charity to hear about their experiences and had a go at making Welsh cakes.

Blaenavon, situated on the edge of the South Wales valleys, has suffered economic hardship over the past 30 years since the decline of the mining industry and the Hwb aims to help the next generation fulfil their potential by providing space for classes and leisure activities and supporting vulnerable and care-experienced young people.

They also learned how young people are celebrating the area's historic significance in driving the Industrial Revolution through iron and coal production.

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Parts of Blaenavon and the surrounding area was recognised in 2000 as a World Heritage Site and the Site has partnered with the Hwb to form the World Heritage Youth Ambassador programme, using young people’s voices to promote the area’s rich history.

The Duke and Duchess met some of the young ambassadors and heard how they organise events, manage workshops and build networks with other World Heritage Sites around the world before travelling to the visitor centre to learn more.

William and Kate also paid tribute to the Queen as they they "planted a tree for the Jubilee" in Blaenavon as part of The Queen's Green Canopy initiative to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

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