Prince William Is Learning Welsh for His New Role as the Prince of Wales

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Prince William is taking his new role seriously.

Yesterday, William and Kate Middleton, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, visited the country for the first time since receiving their change in title.

During their visit, they met with Rev. Steven Bunting at St. Thomas's Church in Swansea, where a food bank and baby supply hub has been set up for families in need. Bunting told People that William had asked for advice on learning their national language.

"He talked about learning Welsh and shared some Welsh phrases he's trying to do," Bunting said, adding that William even practiced phrases like "paned" (a cup, like "a cup of tea") and "bara brith" (traditional Welsh tea bread).

"He is throwing himself into the new role," the reverend continued, referring to how quickly William and Kate visited Wales after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. "The fact that they've come straight here on day one says it all."

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Bunting added that William and Kate made sure they had time to speak to every volunteer present at the hub.

"It was remarkable. The Prince and Princess of Wales spoke to everyone in the building—young and old. They are clearly committed to listening to the stories of the people in Wales. They were incredibly interested in everybody," he said. "You try to stick to a certain plan, but they were having none of it. They were having none of it and wanted to speak to everyone."

Bunting's wife, Rachel, praised their visit. "We don't get royal visits here often and today made a massive difference. You can see kids everywhere and they're so excited," she said. "For them, they're probably the most approachable royals. It's been a massive boost."

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