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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 02/24/2011

William and Kate appear in Wales

By Autumn Brewington

Prince William and Kate Middleton in North Wales on Thursday.

Prince William and Kate Middleton made an official public appearance Thursday, participating in a ceremony in Wales.

The prince, who greeted the crowd in Welsh (and then apologized for his pronunciation, the Sun noted), gave a short speech dedicating a lifeboat. Kate then poured champagne over the boat (the bottle itself was not broken, the Associated Press reported, because the boat is inflatable).

William is based in north Wales while serving as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. Kate is reportedly splitting her time between William's quarters and her parents' home in England.

The prince and his fiancee, who arrived by Range Rover, chatted with local dignitaries and members of the public. He wore a coat and tie; she wore a beige coat and black scarf and topped off her outfit with a feathered hat.

Kate Middleton
Top and above: Prince William and Kate Middleton in Anglesey, Wales, on Thursday. (Pool photos)

By Autumn Brewington  | February 24, 2011; 10:26 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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What's that piece of debris that seems to have blown against Kate's head and gotten tangled in her hair?

Posted by: cassandra9 | February 24, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a dismembered bird wing what got chopped up by a helicopter rotor.

Posted by: glenmayne | February 24, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

She can fondle a champaigne bottle pretty well with her little hands. I am sure Wills appreciates her technique.

Posted by: Silly_Willy_Bulldog | February 25, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Those ugly little feathered hats are a big thing in England. For some reason they are called "fascinators." Go figure.

Posted by: Kas300 | February 25, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Those ugly little feathered hats are a big thing in England. For some reason they are called "fascinators." Go figure.

Posted by: Kas300 | February 25, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Kate likes fascinators and wears them aaallll of the time. The fashionable Carrie Bradshaw also wore a fascinator for her wedding-to-be (Big didn't show for the wedding, though).

Posted by: forgetthis | February 25, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Is Kate required to wear a hat for official public outings as part of royal protocol?

Posted by: MidcenturyModern | February 25, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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