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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Pembroke and Cardiff

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Valero refinery in Pembrokeshire on Saturday to mark its 50th anniversary.

Crowds had waited in bracing winds and rain for Prince William and Kate's arrival before cheering and waving Welsh flags.

The refinery which employs 1,200 people was opened by the Queen Mother 1964.

The duke and duchess met workers and apprentices before attending the Wales rugby international in Cardiff.

It is their first visit to the country since the announcement that they are expecting their second child.

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Image caption Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with apprentices at the refinery
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Image caption The royal couple speak to officials and dignitaries on a visit to the Valero refinery

The couple met workers, apprentices and community organisations like Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship (PATCH).

Founding member Tracey Olin said: "It is an incredible honour to meet the Duke and Duchess and we are so thankful to have the opportunity.

"It was really lovely to be able to tell her about what we are doing and our new project.

"She is just normal really but ever so beautiful, even more beautiful than the pictures show."

Sharron Lusker, principal of Pembrokeshire College, added: "Meeting the Duchess was awe-inspiring, she was very interested in what we are doing with the sports facilities in the college."

Suzanne Thomas, manager of the college's sports department, added: "Kate was very natural, I think she is a real people person."

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Image caption The couple arrived in Pembroke to bracing winds on Saturday
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Image caption Workers and visitors waited for hours in the wind and rain for the royal couple to arrive

After leaving Pembrokeshire, William and Kate attended the match between Wales and Australia, the first of the autumn rugby internationals at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The duke is vice patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

They also met injured service veterans in the president's box at half time and there was also a reception for the Welsh rugby charitable trust, which supports seriously injured players.

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Image caption The duke is vice patron of the Welsh Rugby Union

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