Prince William and his wife Kate attended a demonstration by young people whose key working parents are at the forefront of the national battle against coronaviruses.
And the duke, 37, praised the staff’s “good spirit of volunteering in the North” as he spoke with teachers at the Casterton Primary Academy in Lancashire.
Anita Ghidotti, CEO of the Pendle Education Trust, said of their visit: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“I can’t believe they chose us from among everyone in the country. Everyone feels very special. It was a real boost. “
Appearing via a video link, the children showed the Cambridges photos of their parents and Easter hats.
As they modeled homemade rabbit ears, William laughed, “I like your rabbit ears, they look like the real deal – it’s a strong look! “
A child told him that they had finished a story project, adding, “The first William was William the Conqueror. How would you like to be called? ”
William laughed before answering, “I don’t think I can answer that. “
He and Kate spent an hour talking to the kids, including Harris, 10, and Lloyd, nine.
Harris said to them, “This is a picture of my mother and she works for the NHS as an administrator for health visitors and I am really proud of her. The Duke said, “Well done! Look at that, it’s a beautiful picture. ”
Kate, 38, added, “You should be very proud of her, they do an amazing job, all NHS workers, so well done. “
Showing them his own photo, Lloyd said, “This is my mom and she works in a special school. “
The Duchess told her it was “fantastic”.
The school has remained open because it is near Burnley General Hospital. It also serves as a hub for Castercliff Primary, Pendle Primary, Colne Primet Academy and West Craven High School – all part of the Pendle Education Trust.
Members of the royal family have heard of the difficulties faced by staff and children, as well as the measures the school is taking to help students and families – including food deliveries and mental health care.
The Duchess said, “For you and everyone who is there during this time, it should be such a relief for all parents who are key workers to know that their children have normalcy and structure, and they have a place sure.
“So really, really well done and for all of you.” I know it’s not easy circumstances but it’s fantastic. “
Ms. Ghidotti said, “Thank you very much. I think everyone is just happy to be able to help. “
And William replied, “A good spirit of volunteerism in the North continues up there! “
Leala Porter, school project manager for Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Charity, of which Kate is the patron, said, “We were so thankful that they took the time to call. There was real warmth in the whole school today with the children.
“The couple talked a lot about our Nordic spirit and thanked us for everything we did. It meant so much. ”
Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary today – a few days after being reunited after the coronavirus was isolated.
The Prince of Wales, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, posed for a photo yesterday at their Birkhall home on the Balmoral Estate with their Jack Russell Terriers Beth and Bluebell. They were allowed to see each other Monday after Charles recovered from Covid-19.
And in London, the Queen’s speech on Sunday’s crisis was played at the iconic Piccadilly Circus.
It runs through April 19 and is the first time the screen has sent a direct message from Her Majesty.