Kate Middleton has revealed she misses being in North Wales, where she spent some quality years with Prince William. The Duchess of Cambridge disclosed her affinity for the place during a visit to the region on 20 November. This was William and Kate's first visit to North Wales since they left two years ago.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were back "for a full day of engagements, focusing on the mental wellbeing of young people. The royal couple, who spent a number of years living in Anglesey, were delighted to be returning to North Wales", Kensington Palace said.
"I love it here. I really miss being here, being outside and in the mountains," the 33-year-old duchess told a mountain rescuer during an abseiling event in Snowdonia, according to Us Weekly.
Kate's love of Anglesey
Kate and William lived in North Wales's Anglesey Island during the prince's posting as a rescue pilot with the RAF. The Duke of Cambridge was deployed to Anglesey in January 2010 while Kate moved in after their April 2011 wedding.
However, the royal couple are said to have stayed in Anglesey during their courtship period. William and Kate have often called Anglesey their "first home together".
"I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey. The views across the Menai Straits are undoubtedly among the most stunning in the British Isles. I know that both of us will miss it terribly," Prince William said before the end of his search and rescue tour of duty in September 2013.
"This island has been our first home together and it will always be an immensely special place for us both. Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family," he added.
About a month after Prince George was born in July 2013, Kate moved to Anglesey from her parents' home along with the royal baby to be with William during his last month of military service. The royal family finally bid farewell to Anglesey in September that year and moved apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, which was renovated at a reported cost of £1m.