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Royal duty: Prince William and Kate christen brand-new lifeboat

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Prince William applaudes, as Kate Middleton holds up a champagne bottle after naming a new lifeboat at the Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station on the island of Anglesey, Wales on Thursday, Feb. 24. The visit had been highly anticipated because the couple have kept such a low profile since announcing their engagement in November, making only one other prior appearance at a charity event.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton greet well wishers after after naming a new lifeboat at the Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station on the island of Anglesey, Wales on Thursday. The visit had been highly anticipated because the couple have kept such a low profile since announcing their engagement in November, making only one other prior appearance at a charity event. They plan to marry April 29 at Westminster Abbey with just under 2,000 guests attending.

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Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton wave to wellwishers following a naming ceremony for the new Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Hereford Endeavour' at the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Anglesey, near Bangor in Wales on Thursday.

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NBC's Keith Miller reports from Anglesey, Wales, where Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, have made their first public appearance since announcing their engagement.