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Prince William Thanks 'Beautiful' Anglesey
Prince William has thanked "beautiful" Anglesey as he begins the process of saying farewell to north Wales.
His visit to the Anglesey Show is understood to be one of the Duke of Cambridge's last engagements before he concludes his deployment as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley.
Without Kate and their son Prince George by his side, the Duke is among tens of thousands of visitors to the two-day agricultural show.
Speaking in Welsh, he told crowds: "Thank you people of Anglesey. It is a great pleasure to be here. I am so proud to have lived on Anglesey, the Mother of Wales."
He added: "Catherine is sorry that she cannot be here today at the County Show, but she and George would have loved to have been here. He's pretty loud but of course very good-looking!"
Prince William also jokingly compared becoming a father to his RAF duties in the region.
"I thought search and rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding," said the Prince. "But looking after a three-week-old baby is right up there."
He told the crowd he would miss Anglesey "terribly" and spent around 40 minutes meeting local people as he walked across the showground.
The Duke's three-year tour at RAF Valley finishes at the end of September.
Robert Jobson, the Evening Standard's Royal Editor, said: "Prince William has enjoyed his day job as a search and rescue pilot and just being one of the guys.
"But there is now pressure on the Duke going forward and he must decide where his career goes next."
William is unlikely to remain with 22 Squadron in Anglesey for another deployment.
He could be stationed at another search and rescue base elsewhere in the UK or cease to be an active member of the Armed Forces altogether in order to focus full-time on royal duties.
More likely, the Duke may take another commission in the military, perhaps based in London, which would allow the new father to juggle both roles.
"The most important factor is that the Queen, aged 87, and the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 92, are now going to be slowing down quite dramatically, so there'll be a need for William and the Duchess to take on a greater role," Mr Jobson added.
During his time in Anglesey, the Duke of Cambridge has taken part in numerous and often dangerous rescue attempts as well as a six-week deployment to the Falkland Islands.
At the show, the largest event of its kind in north Wales, Prince William also watched a gun dog display and was reacquainted with a teenager who he rescued last year.