William and Kate abseil in national park with mountain rescuers

The couple arrived near Merthyr Tydfil to wet and windy weather

During a recent visit to Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also known as William and Kate, went on an abseiling adventure with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team. Despite the wet and windy weather, the royal couple arrived at the park in their hiking gear and then donned safety equipment with the help of the volunteer team.

The couple arrived near Merthyr Tydfil to wet and windy weather
The couple arrived near Merthyr Tydfil to wet and windy weather. Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

When asked by instructors if he had abseiled before, William replied, “It’s been a while.” The Prince is the patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, which made this visit particularly meaningful. Before heading over the edge, Kate, wearing a red mountain rescue coat with her hair tied in a ponytail, told William, “We’re not racing.”

The couple also participated in medical support exercises, watched a search dog rescue demonstration, and heard from mountain rescuers about their experiences. During the visit, they met climbers at an event held at the Dowlais Rugby Club, which is used by the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team when they are off-duty.

The volunteer-run Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team helped the Royal couple
The volunteer-run Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team helped the Royal couple. Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

At the end of the day, William and Kate treated their hosts to dinner from the Little Dragon Pizza Van. The van, owned by Peter Morris and colleague Shannon Stokes, cooked up 12 pizzas, including three margheritas, three pepperoni, three BBQ chicken, and three goat’s cheese, which cost more than £120. The future king and his wife even carried the pizzas back to the rugby club themselves.

The Prince is patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales
The Prince is patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales. Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

The Little Dragon Pizza Van had previously provided free pizzas to the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team during an incident in an old quarry behind their pitch, where a young boy had dislocated his knee. The royals then carried the pizzas into the rugby club to share with the rescuers and meet other members of the team and community.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were staying in a local bed and breakfast for the evening after their exciting day in the national park.

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