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Kate Middleton performs first royal duty with Prince William

February 24, 2011 |  2:51 pm


Kate Middleton
spent Thursday pouring Champagne with Prince William -- the bubbles were to christen a new lifeboat, but the real special occasion was the probable duchess-to-be's first act of royal duty.

Kate Middleton The couple attended a dedication ceremony for a new vessel in the Royal Lifeboat Institution fleet in Anglesey, North Wales, where William is stationed as a military pilot and where the two will live after the wedding.

Middleton pleased crowds in a smart brown coat and festive headpiece, while Wills simply beamed.

"The majority of people don't bat an eyelid," a local woman told People magazine of Kate's residence in the town. "She was shopping in Tesco's the other day, and she's been in Waitrose [market], and people don't bother her."

She even got high marks for singing the Welsh national anthem, which translates to "Land of My Fathers."

Are you dazzled by Kate's duty? Tell us in comments.


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Photo: Kate Middleton and Prince William christen a lifeboat, top, and walk through the crowd in Anglesey, left. Credits: Phil Noble / AFP/Getty Images