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William and Kate christen lifeboat

It was only a lifeboat - yet the occasion gave hundreds of people a chance to cheer Thursday as Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton made an official visit to Wales to dedicate the new boat, The Associated Press reports.

In a ceremony in Anglesey, Wales, the prince made a short statement asking that all those who used the boat be blessed, and then Middleton, with a big smile, poured champagne over the lifeboat.

"I do the talking, she does the fun bit," William joked.

The champagne bottle was not broken over the boat, as is traditional, because the lifeboat was an inflatable and it would not have been easy to crack a bottle on its bow.

Middleton looked elegant and comfortable in her new role as a princess-to-be. She wore a three-quarter-length tailored beige coat designed by British designer Katherine Hooker, and had her long hair swept back and topped by a chic feathery hat.

The hat was adorned with a badge of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, an infantry regiment of the British army.

Prince William named the Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station's new boat the "Hereford Endeavour" at the ceremony 300 miles northwest of London.

He and Middleton joined the crowd in singing "God Save the Queen," followed by the Welsh national anthem.

The prince, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at a Royal Air Force base in Wales, and his fiancee chatted with local dignitaries and the public. The couple, who are based in Wales, wanted to have a royal visit here to give back to the community, a palace spokeswoman said.

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