Catherine Zeta-Jones confirmed this week that she’s the new Princess of Wales’s biggest fan.
On Wednesday, the actress—who was born in Swansea, Wales—shared a photo on her Instagram account of Princess Kate visiting the country for the first time since receiving her new title following Queen Elizabeth’s death. In the snapshot, the royal is hugging a 2-year-old girl named Charlotte dressed in a traditional Welsh costume and is the daughter of Reverend Steven Bunting, the man who hosted Kate and Prince William during their visit to St. Thomas’s Church in Swansea on Tuesday. Zeta-Jones wrote captioned the image, “I love our Princess of Wales❤️ I love our Welsh National Costume❤️.”
This post in support of the Princess of Wales also comes shortly after the Chicago star expressed her sadness over the death of the monarch earlier this month. Posting a handful of black-and-white pictures of the young queen, she wrote, “Dearest HRH Queen Elizabeth, you have been and always will be close to my humble heart as it breaks today. Our nation salutes you. Thank you. God Bless The Queen. Long Live The King.” She added in a second post, “May you rest in peace Ma’am.”
Zeta-Jones has long expressed her patriotism for her home country, returning in 2019 with her husband Michael Douglas and son Dylan to participate in Swansea’s 50th birthday celebrations and receive the Freedom of the City of Swansea, the highest honor a location can bestow on a person. As part of the festivities, she also hosted an evening of entertainment at the Brangwyn Hall featuring stories from her early life in the city and her Hollywood career, as well as a four-course meal, live entertainment, and an auction in support of Swansea charities. “What I miss about Swansea is the immediacy of my family and being like ‘this is where we used to do this,’” the actor told Wales Online at the time. “It’s so beautiful to see Swansea with the weather like this. I went for a walk near my parents house yesterday. I miss enjoying the beauty of Swansea and the familiarity of bumping into childhood friends.” She added, “I’m very honored and humbled and very happy to share it with my family here in Wales, as well as my friends and mentors throughout the years.” Zeta-Jones has also previously been honored by the royal family for her contributions to the film industry and her charitable work, being named a Commander of the British Empire in 2011.