Members of the royal family have recorded at-home videos to mark International Nurses' Day amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and more all thanked healthcare workers in the clip, released via the Kensington Palace Instagram account.
Kate and Sophie dialled in from their respective homes in Norfolk and Surrey to join video calls with nurses in Queensland, Australia, Sierra Leone, India, Malawi, the Bahamas, Cyrpus and the UK.
Kate Middleton told one of the nurses: "I don't know how you manage to do this and keep the show on the road despite the extra pressures you’re all under and the challenging conditions – it's just shown how vital the role that nurses play across the world. You should be so proud of the work that you do."
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Kate started dating William in 2003 when they were both studying at the University of St Andrews but she did not meet the Queen until 2008.
Even though the pair had been at the same events on at least three different occasions, the Queen wanted to wait until William and Kate were serious.
Kate revealed in their 2010 engagement interview that she met William’s royal grandmother in May 2008 at Peter and Autumn Phillips’ wedding -- five years after she and William became official.
According to The Daily Mail in September 2008, the monarch did not have the best opinion of her future granddaughter-in-law after that initial meeting.
The article read: “The Queen, it must be said, already thinks that Kate is 'something of a show-off'.”
Although it is not known why the monarch thought this of Kate, royal correspondent Richard Kay explained that the Queen’s impression of William’s future bride only worsened when she was pictured at a roller skating party just a few months after their first introduction.
Kate Middleton and Prince William took over almost every radio station in the U.K. on Monday morning to broadcast a simple message: “We’re all connected and you are not alone.”
The royal parents joined with other well-known Britons, including singer-songwriter Dua Lipa and actor David Tennant, to highlight mental health needs during the coronavirus pandemic. The one-minute broadcast marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.K.
“We’re all connected. And sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can make a big difference. So right now, let’s join together across the UK and reach out to someone," William, 37, says in the recording.
Kate, 38, follows with, “If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s okay to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.”
During the call, Mr Farrally said: "You'll know yourself, the hardest time is dinner time." Father-of-three William laughed and replied: "It depends what's on the table. If parents put something on that children love, dinner time goes very well. But if you put something on the table they don't want, that's another ball game."
William, who is known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, was given a virtual tour of the PEEK Project's food truck (affectionately known as Peekachew), where they are making around 300 meals a day for children and families. The Duke also heard how they are "taking the pressure off parents" who are already dealing with the effects of the coronavirus lockdown for children with sometimes complex needs.
William told PEEK's CEO, Michaela Collins, who started visiting the charity when she was just nine years old before she became a volunteer and then chief executive: "What a brilliant rise. I think that's absolutely fantastic. You are the embodiment of what can be done. I hope when I find myself up in Glasgow in the near future I can come and see you guys in person and congratulate you."
The Duke of Cambridge was due to be in Scotland this week, fulfilling the role of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which is conferred by the Queen. Instead, the royals have been carrying out their duties remotely since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed in March. William and Kate have been residing at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, with six-year-old Prince George, five-year-old Princess Charlotte and two-year-old Prince Louis, during lockdown.
During a series of video calls this week, the Duke also spoke to the team and beneficiaries of Finding Your Feet, which is a Paisley-based charity that provides physical and emotional support to amputees and those with limb absence across Scotland. Support from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal and Foundation Scotland at the beginning of the pandemic allowed them to adapt their services to provide online and telephone counselling.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are (very slightly) shaking up their social media strategy. Earlier this week, the royal couple's official accounts on Twitter and Instagram were altered to use "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge" as the account's name, rather than "Kensington Palace," which they'd been using for years.
It's a sensible tweak: only true royal devotees were likely to understand that Kensington Palace was used because that's where the couple's office is based. (Prince Charles and Camilla still have "Clarence House," their residence and office, as their name.)
Interestingly, it's in line with how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—prior to retiring their @sussexroyal account, when they officially transitioned out of their senior royal roles—had branded themselves on Instagram. Of course, part of the reason their name was "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," not the location of their office, is that theirs was located at Buckingham Palace, where several other royals' offices are based.
But Will and Kate also recently hired David Watkins, who previously ran Harry and Meghan's Instagram, so it's entirely possible that the change was made at Watkins' suggestion. (Like so many things with the royals, we'll likely never know.)
The change also comes as social media has become increasingly important for members of the royal family, who, amid the pandemic, have begun to rely on methods of digital communication to both keep up with their duties and stay in the public eye.