PRince William and Kate paid a heartwarming tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh as they arrived for a drive-through movie date in one of his beloved Land Rovers.
William and Kate joined guests at the one-off event at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in a 1966 Model 2A that was owned by Philip and on loan from the Queen.
The couple, who are co-patrons of NHS Charities Together, hosted NHS staff for the special screening of Disney’s Cruella, in recognition of their vital work throughout the pandemic, after visiting their former college town of St Andrews .
After parking alongside NHS workers on the palace forecourt and two of the vintage vehicles used in the film, the couple met some of the guests recognized for their efforts during the health crisis.
The participants came from across NHS staff in Scotland, having been nominated by member organizations of the NHS Charities Together and their associated health boards.
In a speech Kate thanked the workers and told them: ‘Over the past year, William and I have spoken to many NHS workers and have heard firsthand what it has been like to be on the front lines. to fight Covid-19; support those who suffer from the disease and their families and heroically put the needs of others before their own, day in and day out.
“And tonight we enjoyed talking to so many of you so much.
“You’ve all been chosen to go above and beyond over the past year – and hearing what you’ve been through is truly humbling. “
The Duchess also thanked the Queen for allowing them to host the palace’s first drive-in movie and she invited her guests to ‘grab your popcorn, snuggle up under your blankets and be transported to Britain. 1970s for a well-deserved fun and dramatic evening. , glamor and escape!
Cruella, which opens in theaters across the UK on Friday, tells the backstory of Cruella de Vil, the villain of the classic animated film 101 Dalmatians.
The character’s distinctive vintage black and white Panther de Ville car was parked in the forecourt along with a blue “Pest Control” van.
On Monday evening, William and Kate spoke via video conference to his stars, Emma Stone who plays Cruella and Dame Emma Thompson, who plays her rival Baroness Von Hellman.
Images of the call emerged ahead of the couple’s arrival and saw the royal couple joke about the Duke’s popularity with an elderly lady he met at a care home on Sunday.
William said: “Yesterday a 96 year old lady called Betty offered to kiss me.
“She’s in a nursing home with her daughter and I said Betty, if I do that I’m going to get slapped on the back of the head for being inappropriate… social distancing.”
“And she said, ‘I’ll get you then.’ He was a good character!
“This is what happens when I’m not there!” Kate laughs.
“I have a window!” Emma Stone joked.
The two Oscar-winning stars opened up about the making of the film in London, with Stone telling the Duke and Duchess how they were outside Buckingham Palace at one point and she was riding a motorbike around the Mall.
William joked, “We should have had you arrested Emma, it’s very dangerous.
“I know, I know,” she replied.
“I really got by with, on my motorbike… a car dragging me around Buckingham Palace.
“In a crazy outfit,” Kate laughs.
“In a crazy outfit,” Emma replied. “Make Up just smeared my face, black and white hair, it was crazy. “
Emma Thompson also told the Duchess: “Wait, wait until you see the clothes. Amazing, you are going to want all of Emily’s clothes (Emily Beecham, who plays Cruella’s mom), they are so amazing you obviously won’t be able to wear them in public!
And, calling the royal couple ‘darlings’, Dame Emma said of their plans to host health workers:’ You’re doing a screening for the NHS, aren’t you?
“I mean the NHS. Oh my God.
“What an amazing testament to the creation of the NHS, I mean we are very lucky to have it.”
Kate, who at the screening wore a Holland Cooper coat and earrings on loan from the Queen, replied: “Speaking to a lot of them, you know during the lockdown and at various times this past year , some of them… who had Covid themselves, they then felt bad that they were letting their teammates down and that they weren’t there.
“It’s an amazing work ethic and you know they really went above and beyond and obviously still do.
“That’s why I guess we wanted to do that, you know, thank them that way and celebrate some of the work that they do.”
NHS Charities Together is the national charitable partner of the NHS and is made up of 240 NHS charitable members based in hospitals, mental health services, ambulances, community health services and health boards across the UK.