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William beams regardless of glum climate as he visits RAF Valley airbase

The Prince of Wales was all smiles as he arrived at for a visit to the RAF Valley airbase in Anglesey – for the first time since taking on the role of Royal Honorary Air Commodore from King Charles III.

William, 42, beamed despite the glum weather as he sheltered himself from the rain with an umbrella as he arrived for the engagement on Tuesday.

The royal donned a navy suit, teamed with a white button-down and a red and black tie, for the occasion. 

The prince became the Royal Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Valley in Wales after a reshuffle of the Royal Family‘s military appointments by King Charles last year.

He had previously spent three years at the base on Anglesey, taking part in 156 search and rescue missions and saving 149 people.

The Prince of Wales was all smiles as he arrived at for a visit to the RAF Valley airbase in Anglesey - for the first time since taking on the role of Royal Honorary Air Commodore from King Charles III

The Prince of Wales was all smiles as he arrived at for a visit to the RAF Valley airbase in Anglesey – for the first time since taking on the role of Royal Honorary Air Commodore from King Charles III

William took part in a simulated fire response exercise, including taking a trip in a fire engine

William took part in a simulated fire response exercise, including taking a trip in a fire engine

The Prince belonged to the RAF’s 202 Squadron with colleagues regarding him as an outstanding pilot and as ‘one of the family’.

Though search and rescue operations were privatised in 2016, RAF Valley remains a training facility for fast jet pilots and crews.

During today’s visit, William was also pictured talking to base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower, appearing deeply impressed as he watched them at work.

The Prince of Wales was given his own personalised mug and could be seen talking animatedly at the base.  

He later took part in a simulated fire response exercise to rescue a plane caught in flames, and even got to ride in the fire engine’s passenger seat.  

In February 2011, William and his wife Kate Middleton visited Anglesey – where the now-Princess of Wales carried out her first royal engagement ahead of her wedding to Prince William two months later.

At the time, the couple were living in Anglesey, where William was working as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF.

Kate beamed as she christened the new Hereford Endeavour lifeboat with a bottle of champagne while her husband-to-be lovingly watched on.

Recalling the event, RNLI volunteer Dafydd Griffiths told Town & Country magazine: ‘They’re such friendly, down-to-earth people, lovely. I was quite surprised how down-to-earth they were to be honest, I think everyone will tell you that.’

Another local, Colin Edwards, had given Kate a framed picture of her husband-to-be, Prince William, as a child, to which she responded: ‘Look at his knees!’

William, 42, beamed despite the glum weather as he sheltered himself with an umbrella. The royal donned a navy suit, teamed with a white button-down and a red and black tie, for the occasion

William, 42, beamed despite the glum weather as he sheltered himself with an umbrella. The royal donned a navy suit, teamed with a white button-down and a red and black tie, for the occasion

The royal was spotted laughing as he talked to base personnel after the fire response exercise

The royal was spotted laughing as he talked to base personnel after the fire response exercise

Despite the glum weather, the prince was his usual cheery self as he visited the area, which holds a lot of personal memories from his time living nearby

Despite the glum weather, the prince was his usual cheery self as he visited the area, which holds a lot of personal memories from his time living nearby

The Prince of Wales, Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Valley, takes part in a simulated fire response exercise

The Prince of Wales, Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Valley, takes part in a simulated fire response exercise

William looked to be having a great time from the passenger seat of the vehicle

William looked to be having a great time from the passenger seat of the vehicle

The Prince of Wales, Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Valley, talks to base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower

The Prince of Wales, Royal Honorary Air Commodore, RAF Valley, talks to base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower

It was the prince's first visit to the airbase since taking on the role from King Charles

It was the prince’s first visit to the airbase since taking on the role from King Charles

During the walkabout Kate was pictured in a Herringbone coat she had owned for at least five years, showing members of the public she was keen to recycle items of clothing – something the Princess of Wales has continued to do throughout her time making royal engagements.

William also took over command of his brother Prince Harry’s old Army unit after Charles decided to appoint his eldest son as Colonel-in-Chief of The Army Air Corps, in which the Duke of Sussex served as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.

It comes following a very exciting weekend for the Prince, who hugged England goal hero Bukayo Saka as he congratulated the Three Lions after their latest Euros win. 

The Prince of Wales hailed Saturday’s game against Switzerland ‘nail-biting to the very end’ and was snapped cheering with his fists in the air at Dusseldorf Arena after Saka scored the equaliser at the 80th minute.

Chants of ‘England, England, England’ echoed throughout the stadium during the thrilling moment. 

He shielded himself from the rain with an umbrella as he arrived for the engagement on Tuesday

He shielded himself from the rain with an umbrella as he arrived for the engagement on Tuesday

William drank from his own personal mug reading 'HRH Prince of Wales'

William drank from his own personal mug reading ‘HRH Prince of Wales’

He was clearly getting into his storytelling as he spoke to RAF personnel
William with his personalised mug as he spoke to RAF personnel

He was clearly getting into his storytelling as he spoke to RAF personnel

Britain's Prince William holds his personal coffee mug during an official visit at RAF Valley

Britain’s Prince William holds his personal coffee mug during an official visit at RAF Valley

Prince William, Prince of Wales talks to RAF personnel during an official visit at RAF Valley

Prince William, Prince of Wales talks to RAF personnel during an official visit at RAF Valley

The royal became the Royal Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Valley in Wales after a reshuffle of the Royal Family 's military appointments by King Charles last year

The royal became the Royal Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Valley in Wales after a reshuffle of the Royal Family ‘s military appointments by King Charles last year

During today's visit, William was also pictured talking to base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower, appearing deeply impressed as he watched them at work

During today’s visit, William was also pictured talking to base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower, appearing deeply impressed as he watched them at work

William was deeply immersed as he took in the Air Traffic Control Tower during his visit to RAF Valley today

William was deeply immersed as he took in the Air Traffic Control Tower during his visit to RAF Valley today

The Prince listened as he heard from base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower during today's visit

The Prince listened as he heard from base personnel inside the Air Traffic Control Tower during today’s visit

After the game William, who is president of the FA, embraced the 22-year-old player in the tunnel.

Wearing a navy suit and a football print tie, William congratulated Saka after the Three Lions won against their opponents to penalties after finishing 1-1. 

The Arsenal player scored in the tense shoot-out which saw England earn a place in the semi-finals.

Saka had suffered terrible online racial abuse after missing a penalty against Italy in the last final at the 2020 Euros and was overjoyed at netting in the shoot out tonight.

A friend of Saka’s was seen with her hands clasped as if in prayer as he stepped up to take his kick.

Saka tweeted: ‘Last time we had a penalty shootout at the Euros, we know what happened.

William shook hands with base personnel as he made a visit to the Air Traffic Control Tower during an official visit at RAF Valley

William shook hands with base personnel as he made a visit to the Air Traffic Control Tower during an official visit at RAF Valley

The royal opted for a red, black and white tie for the occasion as he made a visit to RAF Valley today

The royal opted for a red, black and white tie for the occasion as he made a visit to RAF Valley today

‘I used it to make me stronger. Today I took the chance. So I’m happy. I’m so proud of everyone that we got over the line.’

William watched the game from the stands with the likes of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti and former Portugal ace Luis Figo and later wrote a personally signed message to social media. 

He posted: ‘Nail biting to the very end. Well done @England! Semi-finals here we come! We believe. W.’

Known for his passion for sport, William was on the edge of his seat during some parts of the game and was even spotted with his head in his hands at one point. 

In a more joyous moment, he smiled as he high-fived a woman who was sat next to him.

Prince William, who has been vocal in his support for the Three Lions throughout the tournament, joined supporters in the stands earlier in June as the team faced down Denmark in Frankfurt. 

England’s Euros journey will continue with a semi final against the Netherlands in Dortmund on Wednesday night, with the Dutch also turning around a 1-0 deficit to beat Turkey 2-1 on Saturday night.