Coronavirus: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Barry Island


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Media captionWhat happens to Barry for William and Kate?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge learned how businesses and families have battled the pandemic during a visit to South Wales.

The royal couple were on Barry Island, home to the television comedy Gavin and Stacey, but William admitted he had never watched the show.

They also played games in an arcade which was the setting for Nessa’s Slots in the series.

They later met residents and their families at a care home in Cardiff.

Prince William and Catherine learned how difficult it was for people not to be able to visit loved ones during the height of the lockdown.

While the Duchess was pictured a few days earlier wearing a face mask during a visit to a baby bank in Sheffield, face masks are not mandatory in Wales except on public transport.

Last year, around 424,000 visitors came to Barry Island to play the slots and enjoy the resort town, well known to Gavin and Stacey fans.

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The royal couple visited the arcade where Nessa, from the hit TV show Gavin and Stacey, worked

William and Catherine visited the character haunts of the comedy-drama – the arcade where Nessa worked and the cafe of Stacey’s employer, Marco, but the Duke confessed to never seeing the popular series.

“It’s one of the few boxes that I haven’t looked at yet. I never really watched it, ”he said.

“But I know how much it’s done for the economy here and it’s a wonderful series. “


Gavin and Stacey ran for three series and returned for a Last Christmas special after a 10-year absence

With pubs, cafes and restaurants only able to reopen indoors from Monday, businesses told the royal couple about the impact of the lockdown.

The change in lockout rules also allowed groups of up to 30 people to meet outdoors and many young children can play with their friends for the first time since the lockdown began.

The royal couple also visited the beach huts on the promenade, installed as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s £ 6million regeneration project.


William and Catherine wore face masks when they visited a care home

Later that day, they drove to Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, where they spoke to staff, residents and their family members in the home’s garden.

In May, the royal couple hosted a game of bingo for residents at the house via a video link and were able to meet some in person during the visit.

At the time, Joan Drew-Smith, 87, made headlines when she said the game of royal bingo “wasn’t as good as it should have been”.

And when the Duke introduced himself during the visit to the house saying, “Hello Joan, do you remember we did bingo with you?” You said we weren’t very good. ”

She swore in her response when describing what she thought of their efforts – which the couple laughed at.

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Media captionBingo! William and Kate call the numbers to help keep morale high at a Cardiff nursing home on a previous visit


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