The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprised the children of key workers during a virtual visit of their school in Lancashire.
William and Kate dialled into Casterton Primary Academy, Place2Be and the Pendle Education Trust in Burnley on a video call from their home in Norfolk.
The royal couple shared their gratitude to the teachers who have been keeping the school open for children who need it, and spoke about the challenges they're facing as a result of the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They also spoke with some of the pupils whose parents are still having to work in places like Burnley Hospital nearby.
"Well done honestly to you and everyone who's in during this time," the duchess said. "It must be such a relief for all the parents who are key workers to know that the normality is there for their children - they've got the structure and they've got a safe place for them to be, so really really well done to all of you."
Teachers across the UK are dedicating their time to keeping schools open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 8, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called teachers and school staff at Casterton Primary Academy to thank them for their hard work and dedication. pic.twitter.com/2h9N66O4EP
William added: "We just want to say a huge thank you to you guys and well done in keeping it all going. Please pass on many messages of support for all the staff and all the volunteers - they're doing a great job."
The duke and duchess introduced themselves as William and Catherine to the young pupils, who were wearing bunny ears for their easter festivities.
Kate joked: "We should have our bunny ears on."
The duchess also revealed that William keeps eating all of the easter chocolate in their home. As they wished everyone a Happy Easter, William affirmed: "There will be a lot of chocolate being eaten here, don't worry!"
"You keep eating it!" Kate quipped.
This virtual school visit was a first for the royal family. Back in March, the duke and duchess visited an NHS centre in London to thank the NHS staff for working tirelessly around the clock in the wake of COVID-19.
Kate and William's children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis shared their thanks to NHS staff on the frontline by clapping for the NHS along with the nation.
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