Kate Middleton and Prince William have been riding the royal train this week in a three-day tour of England, Scotland, and Wales. Along the way, they’ve been stopping to visit essential workers and thank them for their tireless work during the coronavirus pandemic.
One of those stops, the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, held special meaning because it also happens to be the place where Kate Middleton was born in 1982.
“Thank you NHS 💙 •At the Royal Berkshire Hospital The Duke and Duchess thanked nurses for their tireless work during the pandemic,” the couple’s official Instagram said about the visit. “Among those that The Duke and Duchess met was Lead Nurse Rafael Fernandes, designer of a special badge funded by @nhscharitiestogether to mark the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”
During another stop at Cardiff Castle in Wales, the duke and duchess chatted with students about what life has been like during the pandemic, while also sipping hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows. “William was too busy talking to us and managed to burn his and Kate got a bit stuck on her glove, and they were making fun of each other, which was nice to see,” a student named Lily Faulkner told People.
“They really bounce off each other well. They’re a really friendly couple,” Shahzeb Akhtar, another student, added.
Middleton and Prince William ended their tour with a special royal reunion, meeting up with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, at Windsor Castle.
According to Vanity Fair, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will be spending Christmas at Windsor this year instead of Sandringham, where we would typically see various members of the royal family heading to church. The Cambridges’ plans are not yet known, but we’re sure Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are psyched to open presents no matter where they’re spending the holiday.