The royal couple line up with mountain rescuers, including Chris Lloyd, left, and Mike France, to the right of the duchess

The royal couple line up with mountain rescuers, including Chris Lloyd, left, and Mike France, to the right of the duchess

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met mountain rescuers during a visit to north Wales.

And the princess tackled a climbing wall while dressed in a mountain rescue jacket and wearing a helmet from one of the teams.

The Duke, who is patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and his wife visited the Wolverhampton Council-owned Towers outdoor education centre in Capel Curig as part of a tour of projects linked to mental health.

They were joined by members of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, the umbrella group for the six teams that operate in the area. Young people from Holyhead High School on Anglesey also met the royal couple.

The prince and princess lived on Anglesey during his time as a Sea King search and rescue helicopter pilot based at RAF Valley.

The duke and duchess talk to young people during their visit to the outdoor education centre

The duke and duchess talk to young people during their visit to the outdoor education centre

The youngsters were part of a group that has been working with Ynys Mon and Gwynedd MIND on anti-stigma and discrimination training. The day of activities in Snowdonia was put together by members of the NWMRA teams as part of Mountain Rescue England and Wales’s work with other Princes’ Forum charities.

MREW has worked with a range of charities supported by the duke and duchess and Prince Harry in the past, creating activity days for children, young people and families who might otherwise not be able to share those experiences.

Chris Lloyd of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation said: “It was designed to be partly a thank you to the young people for their commitment to supporting their peers and partly as a chance for them to enjoy the outdoors and experience the mental-health benefits of time in the mountains for themselves.”

Fourteen members from the six north Wales teams took part along with the chairman of MREW, Mike France, and other members of the organisation’s volunteer executive. The 13 young people, from Holyhead who assist MIND, enjoyed an abseil, a zip-wire and a via ferrata rock-climbing route.

Mr France said: “The duke and duchess were keen to meet the young people and the mountain rescuers too.

“I know that this is typical of their friendly approach to the charities that they support and the young people and our team members thoroughly appreciated it.”

The north Wales region of MREW is made up of the following teams: Aberdyfi, Aberglaslyn, Llanberis, North East Wales, Ogwen Valley and South Snowdonia.

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