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‘Eyes Down’ with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in virtual bingo game

There was ‘tickety-boo’ and ‘two little ducks’ all around this week as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a virtual game of bingo. From their home at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, The Duke and Duchess became temporary bingo callers as they joined residents and carers from Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff via a video call.

The purpose of the video call was to hear from members of the care team on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting them and the challenges they face as a result. The couple were also informed of how the care home has adapted to help residents speak to relatives via video call and how special safety measures have been implemented.

Towards the end of the call, there was time for a quick game of bingo with the residents, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge becoming temporary bingo callers. With the Royal couple laughing, Prince William said, “Catherine is going to pick out the first ball.”

There was some surprising bingo lingo from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with William picking out “one little duck, number two” and Catherine picking out “tickety-boo, sixty two.”

There was more laughter as Prince William asked resident, Joan Drew-Smith, how he and his wife had done at calling the bingo numbers and she said, “Very good. Wasn’t as good as it should have been.”

The call to Shire Hall is just the latest in a number of calls made to care homes by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in recent weeks. On VE Day, William and Catherine made a special call to a care home who were celebrating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

With the Royal Family unable to perform physical engagements due to the Coronavirus lockdown, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been incredibly visible over the last couple of months as they take part in various video calls, phone calls and virtual openings.

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