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The Prince and Princess of Wales remember late Queen on one-year anniversary

Prince William and Kate attended a special church service in St Davids, West Wales


William and Kate arrive at St Davids Cathedral© Getty
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
Updated: September 8, 2023
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SUMMARY

  • The Prince and Princess of Wales have arrived at St Davids Cathedral in Wales
  • Fashion details: Kate wearing burgundy Eponine dresscoat
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That concludes HELLO!'s coverage of the Prince and Princess of Wales' visit to Wales. The event will no doubt have been emotional for both William and Kate, alongside other members of the Royal Family who have been paying their respects to the late Queen on the anniversary of her passing.

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Kate waves to crowds as she departs with her husband
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William and Kate collect presents from children

As they left the service, the Prince and Princess were surprised by a group of local schoolchildren who presented them both with a selection of presents. Speaking about the moment, a member of the service who saw William and Kate with the children said: "She had plenty of time to talk with the children. She was asking their names, and one of them gave her a little present."

They presumed that the gifts might have been intended for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as they overheard them saying it was "one each".

The royal couple then departed the service for another engagement at a seaweed farm on the coast of Pembrokeshire. The royal couple are visiting the Car-Y-Mor Seaweed Farm at St Davids, which translate to 'For the Love of the Sea'.

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A group of children presented the Prince and Princess with flowers
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Dean of St David's reveals William and Kate's emotions

Speaking to media after the service, the Very Rev. Dr. Sarah Rowland Jones, spoke movingly about the emotions that the Prince and Princess displayed when they paid tribute to the late Queen.

"I was struck that they spent quite a time as they laid the flowers," she shared. "In many ways our job is to give them the space for their remembering, because even if we had fleeting encounters with Her Late Majesty, none of us are part of that immediate family. It's not for us to really question what they were going through, but to give them the space to do whatever they needed to do."

William and Kate were emotional at the service© WPA Pool
William and Kate were emotional at the service

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William and Kate take part in service

The overall service that William and Kate took part in reflected and celebrated the life of the late Queen. One especially emotional moment saw members of the church and the Prince and Princess of Wales singing Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts which was performed at the Queen's state funeral. Prayers at the service were said in both Welsh and English.

Prince William and Kate at St David's Cathderal© WPA Pool
William and Kate took part in a service at St David's Cathedral
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Royal EditorLondon

William and Kate pay their respects to the late Queen

The Prince and Princess of Wales took a bouquet containing white roses and laid it before a framed picture of the late Queen when they entered St David's Cathedral. The royals paused for quite some time as they faced the picture of the Queen. William appeared sombre, while Kate lowered her head and appeared visibly moved.

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William and Kate paid their respects
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Royal style

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Kate in Eponine

And now for a closer look at what Kate is wearing for her visit to West Wales today.

Our Lifestyle Managing Editor, Kate Thomas, writes: "Kate looked regal in muted marron as she joined William at St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Wales on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's death

"Flashing a warm smile, the Princess of Wales was pictured arriving at the private service in her elegant dresscoat by Eponine and smart hat by Sahar Millinery. The mother-of-three chose to pay her respects via the medium of fashion, shunning a black outfit in favour of her understated and respectful look."

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Watch William and Kate's arrival

WATCH: William and Kate arrive at St Davids Cathedral

The Prince and Princess received a warm welcome to St Davids Cathedral on Friday afternoon. 

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First photos

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William and Kate attended a private service

The couple arrived shortly after 1.30pm, when members of the crowd broke into spontaneous applause. 

William is in a dark blue suit while Kate wears a burgundy dresscoat by Eponine and Sahar Millinery. 

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William and Kate arrive

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Crowds gathered outside St Davids Cathedral

The Prince and Princess of Wales have arrived at St Davids Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death with a small private service. 

During their visit, William and Kate will attend a private service lasting ten minutes in the cloisters along with clergy, the choir and 20 invited guests.

It will be led by the Dean, the Very Rev Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, who is expected to reflect on the Queen’s “lifelong example of faithful and devoted service”.

Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts – played during the funeral of the Queen at Westminster Abbey – will be sung by the cathedral choir.

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HELLO!'s A Right Royal Podcast

As we wait for the Prince and Princess to arrive, we're remembering our favourite memories of the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

And on the first episode of the new season of HELLO!'s A Right Royal Podcast, we have some very special guests. 

We're joined by esteemed royal photographer Julian Calder - who has taken some of the late Queen's most iconic portraits and goes into detail about what Her Majesty was really like behind the lens. 

He also reveals the cheeky sex book that the late Prince Philip had in his private office at Buckingham Palace and nearly made an appearance in one of his official portraits. 

Also joining hosts Andrea Caamano, Emily Nash and Emmy Griffiths is writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, who considers himself "lucky" to have spent a lot of time with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the new King and Queen. 

He fondly remembers some fantastic anecdotes told to him by the Queen which make for an incredibly entertaining listen.

Listen here on Apple and Spotify.

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HELLO! is in Wales with the Prince and Princess

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HELLO!'s Isabelle Casey is in sunny West Wales and waiting outside St Davids Cathedral for the Prince and Princess. 

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BREAKING

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Harry at the WellChild Awards

The Duke of Sussex was spotted leaving St George's Chapel in Windsor on the one-year anniversary of his late grandmother's death.

The King George VI Memorial Chapel, which sits within the walls of St George’s Chapel, is the final resting place of the late Queen. 

It comes after Prince Harry made his first visit to the UK since June to attend the WellChild Awards on Thursday night. 

The Duke paid tribute to Elizabeth II during his speech, as he said his late grandmother "is looking down on us". 

See our coverage from the heartwarming evening here

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William and Kate's personal message

Ahead of their day in West Wales, the Prince and Princess shared a personal message to pay tribute to the late Queen. 

Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, the couple wrote: "Today we remember the extraordinary life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth. We all miss you. W & C."

They also shared three images, showing the late Queen dressed in blue and smiling, another of the monarch surrounded by her great-grandchildren at Balmoral, and a third from the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022. 

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King Charles leads tributes to late Queen

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The King chose to share this photograph of the late Queen

King Charles led the tributes to his late mother as the clock struck midnight on Friday. 

In a written and audio message, the monarch said: "In marking the first anniversary of Her late Majesty's death and my Accession, we recall with great affection her long life, devoted service and all she meant to so many of us. 

"I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year as we do our utmost to be of service to you all. Charles R."

The palace also shared a photograph of the late Queen, chosen by Charles, which was taken in 1968 by Cecil Beaton. 

The late monarch is pictured wearing her Garter robes and wearing the diamond Grand Duchess Vladimir’s Tiara, with its pearl setting. 

See who else has paid tribute to Her Late Majesty

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William and Kate's day in St Davids

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William and Kate will attend a special church service

The Prince and Princess of Wales are making a poignant trip to St Davids in West Wales today, during which they will commemorate the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince William and Kate, both 41, will firstly attend a private service at St Davids Cathedral to mark the one-year anniversary of Her Late Majesty's passing.

St Davids has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for over 1,400 years, since St David, the patron saint of Wales, settled there with his monastic community in the sixth century.

The present cathedral dates from 1181 and welcomes around 300,000 visitors every year. It is the only UK cathedral where, since the Reformation, the Sovereign has had a special stall in the Quire among the members of the Chapter, and the late Queen sat there on four occasions during her visits to St Davids over the years.  

After the service, the Prince and Princess will meet members of the local community in the adjacent cloister, including guests who met the late Queen during her visits to the city.

 William and Kate, who were previously the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were appointed as the Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles, following his accession on 8 September 2022.

Today marks the couple's first joint public engagements after their summer break.

On Thursday, William visited Bournemouth, to meet with local and national businesses, who have pledged to support his Homewards initiative – which aims to end homelessness for good.

During a visit to the town's Pret A Manger, the Prince was surprised by England football legend Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne. 

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