William set to swerve major royal tradition and skip Prince of Wales ceremony


The Prince of Wales may not have an investiture ceremony, it has been claimed. Prince William and Kate were confirmed as the Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles in his first address to the nation following the late Queen’s death.

But William and Kate reportedly want to “quell some concerns” around the investiture ceremony.

The event will be different to Charles’s investiture ceremony in 1969 and may not be held at all, Wales Online reports.

William and Kate are understood to be “very clear [the title] is a long-term thing”.

The couple are said to want to “deepen trust” with the Welsh public by making frequent visits.

They are also said to be keen to “use the platform they have to take the dynamic nation of Wales to the global stage”.

It comes as William and Kate are visiting the nation today for the first time since taking up their titles.

The royal couple will journey the length of the country on Tuesday, first visiting Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, and then travelling to Swansea in South West Wales.

The future King and Queen Consort had promised to visit at the earliest opportunity following the death of the late Queen.

It comes after Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford previously said there was no rush for an investiture ceremony.

Asked if an investiture was imminent, he told Radio Cymru earlier this month: “I had no chance to ask about that – and there’s no hurry.

“Of course, this week everything is happening quickly and that’s necessary.

“But a lot of what is going to happen now after the funeral on Monday and there will be more time to think about the best way and opportunities for the new Prince to come to Wales and learn more about the priorities of the people of Wales. And see where he can make a difference.

“So there’s no hurry to do anything else I don’t think.”

The move to make them Prince and Princess of Wales following the death of the late monarch has caused some controversy, and a petition calling for the British monarchy to end the use of the title has so far gathered over 35,000 signatures.

William and Kate made their first home together in Wales on the Isle of Anglesey, or Ynys Mon, between 2010 and 2013 when William was an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

It is also where they raised their eldest child, Prince George, for the first few months of his life.

Kensington Palace has been contacted for comment.


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