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Prince William and Kate jump in as guest bingo callers at nursing home

Posted/updated on: May 22, 2020 at 5:17 am
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Kensington PalaceBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News

(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, can add a new title to their names: Bingo callers.

The royal couple showed off a new talent Thursday when they stepped in to lead a game of bingo with nursing home residents at Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, Wales.

William and Kate joined the bingo game via a Zoom call from their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, England, where they have been following stay-at-home orders in the U.K. with their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Kate brought up 6-year-old George at one point during the game when she pulled a number five ball, saying, "George would like this one — five and five, snake’s alive."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed traditional bingo lingo when they called out numbers, with William saying, "One and seven dancing queen," when he drew the number 17 and Kate saying, "Six and two, tickety-boo," when she drew 62.

William and Kate were met with rounds of applause from residents as they called out the bingo numbers but then received some honest feedback after the game from one resident, which they seemed to take in stride.

"Very good. It wasn't as good as it should have been," the resident, Joan, responded when William asked her how he and Kate had done as bingo callers.

Before the bingo game, William and Kate spoke with health care workers at the nursing home to thank them for their work and hear about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges they have faced. The royals also heard from the staff about how they are using technology to help the residents stay in touch with friends and family, according to Kensington Palace.

Last month, William, Kate and their children took part in the weekly #ClapForOurCarers celebration that sees people across the U.K. clapping for health care and other essential workers still working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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