THREE North Wales schoolgirls have spoken of their excitement after snorkelling with Prince William.
Lili Young, from Gellifor, near Ruthin, Marni Hugo, from St Asaph, and Scarlett Owen, from Llangernyw, all aged eight, joined in with a small group of snorkellers at a special event to mark the handover of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) presidency.
It was announced in May that the Duke of Cambridge has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to take the helm of BSAC, the UK’s governing body for snorkelling and scuba diving, which celebrated its diamond jubilee last year.
Their Royal Highnesses joined around 100 BSAC members to mark the historic handover and to say thank you to The Prince of Wales for his four decades of loyal leadership at the head of the organisation.
The Duke of Cambridge took the plunge himself at the event, held at the Oasis lido in London’s West End.
Marni, a pupil at Fairholme Prep School, and Lili, a pupil at Ysgol Trefnant, practiced putting on fins, masks and snorkels with the Duke before testing out a range of important snorkelling signals.
They were later presented with a certificate by the Prince of Wales for the very special part they played in the day.
Lili said: “The Duke spoke to me when we were in the pool and said ‘are you ready to have some fun snorkelling’, and I said ‘yes I am Your Royal Highness.’”
“He was kind and respectful and I told him I would be telling my friends about meeting him.”
Marni, of St Asaph, said: “What I will remember is coming first in the race we did and beating The Duke. It was brilliant and I really enjoy snorkelling.
“I got to be his partner and he asked me my name and how old I was. I found him very kind to talk to.”
Scarlett, a pupil at Ysgol Bro Cernyw, practiced putting on fins, masks and snorkels with William before testing out a range of important snorkelling signals. She was later presented with a certificate by The Prince of Wales for the very special part she played in the day.
She said: “The Duke shook my hand when we were in the pool and I told him my name and how old I was. He was really nice and kind.
“I also got to shake the hand of The Prince of Wales too when I received my certificate.
“I love snorkelling because I get to see my friends and it is really
The girls also enjoyed meeting The Prince of Wales and shaking his hand when they received their certificates.
Mary Tetley, Lili’s mum and BSAC chief executive, who owns Denbigh Chocolate Shop with husband Mark Young, said: “It is an honour for us to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge to this very special event to mark the official handover of the BSAC Presidency from father to son.
“It is the perfect opportunity for us to mark the dedicated patronage which the Prince of Wales has given to BSAC over his four decades with the organisation but also to welcome the Duke who will be the third generation of his family to become president.”