Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made Zoom call to the residents of the Shire Hall Care Home, in Cardiff, Wales and played Bingo with them. William and Catherine thanked the Staff at the Care home and care workers across the UK for their tireless efforts as they continue to look after the most vulnerable in the society during the COVID19. Today, Kensington Palace released the video of the call.
The couple joined the residents for the game of BINGO from their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk. William and Catherine had their own bingo spinner in the video. The call was part of the calls with care workers in England and Northern Ireland in which William discussed the unique challenges of providing care throughout the pandemic.
Shire Hall is part of the Hallmark Care Homes group, a family-run business which provides residential, nursing and dementia care to more than 1,000 residents across locations in England and South Wales. It is currently home to 87 residents aged from 58 to 99.
The call was full of fun and joy. Joining the royal couple were the residents Margaret Stocks, Margaret Jones, Ray Donoghue and Joan Drew-Smith. Duchess started spinning the red bingo after William said, “Catherine is going to pick out the first ball” and the first number was 58.
The game continued as William picked a number and said, “One little duck, number two“. Duchess picked next two number and even used the Bingo Lingo during the game and said “Six and two, tickety-boo“. Laughing with the resident’s Duchess said, “George would like this one, five and five, snakes alive!” Joan Drew-Smith was the winner of the game.
There was lots of laughter around when Willliam asked, “How did we do at Bingo, was it okay?” and a resident responded, “it wasn’t as good as it should have been”. After the game, William thanked everyone and said,
We’ll say a big thank you and goodbye to everybody, and we’ll try and do a bit better at bingo next time!
It has been lovely to see the members of the Royal Family adapting the situation, stepping out of their traditional comfort zone and leading the nation during the crisis that has the whole world in its clutches.
The Royal Horticulture Society’s Chelsea Flower Show has been a prominent part of the Royal Family’s social calendar. The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood. The charity aims to enrich lives through plants and make the UK a greener place. Known then as the Great Spring Show, the first Chelsea Flower Show took place in 1913 and was attended by Queen Alexandra. Queen became Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1952, after ascending to the throne. The Queen made her first visit to Chelsea as Monarch in 1955 and has attended most years since.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Andrée Davies and Adam White (of Davies White Landscape Architects), and the RHS revealed plans for their ‘Back to Nature Garden’ in February 2019. The woodland wilderness garden aimed to get people back to nature and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. The design includes many natural elements that aim to stimulate active play, promoting the benefits of laying the foundations of physical health from a young age. Tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log will test and improve children’s balance, strength and coordination.
To inspire families to get outside and explore nature together, the garden was designed to have a natural woodland feel and contain lots of unique design features. The garden’s centrepiece was a high platform treehouse, clad in staghorn oak that is inspired by a bird or animal nest, providing a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees.
The Duchess, who usually stays private, gave a candid interview in which she said,
“It really ties into some of the early years work I’ve been doing, and I’ve been really trying to learn about the impact, the importance and relationship of our early childhood experiences on our later adult life. An amazing fact I learned recently was that 90% of our adult brains are developed before that age of five. That’s why I think it’s so important that all of us whether we’re parents or carers or families members really engage in quality time with children and babies from a really, really young age. I really hope this woodland we’ve created, in a huge collaboration, really inspires families and kids and communities in general to get outside. Enjoy nature. Enjoy the outdoors and really spend quality time together”.
A video of Catherine showing her garden to the Queen.
The Duchess’s Back to Nature garden in 2019 aimed to highlight the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world and inspire children, families, and communities to enjoy the great outdoors. After being a hit among the visitors at Chelsea, the garden was relocated to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July 2019, where Catherine invited children from her patronages to a picnic in the garden.
The Queen sent a message to RHS earlier this week on the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show. The members of the Royal Family selected their choices of the flower to mark the opening of the annual show. The Queen has chosen lily of the valley, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lily of the valley featured in Her Majesty’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations since. For six days in May (18th-23rd), the RHS will celebrate the essence of Chelsea with a packed timetable of events.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined forces with a host of sports, music and TV stars to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and recorded a special Radio Message for Heads Together‘s Mental Health Minute. Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020.
The Royal couple was joined by English footballer Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, actor David Tennant and boxer Anthony Joshua as well as inspiring mental health advocates, ambassadors and volunteers from charity partners Shout UK and Every Mind Matters, who all came together to voice this important message. The minute-long message is produced by Radiocentre and Heads Together. It was broadcast simultaneously across every radio station in the UK on Monday 18 May at 10:59 am. The MentalHealthMinute was played to over 20 million people across every radio station in the UK.
This year due to the worldwide pandemic caused by COVID19, the focus was on how people can support each other during the crisis. The theme of this year’s message is, ” whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, we’re all connected and you are not alone.”
During a minute-long broadcast, Duchess of Cambridge said,
“If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.”
William said, “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.“
During Mental Health Awareness Week, Heads Together will champion the work of its eight charity partners, who have decades of experience in tackling the stigma around mental health in the UK – including The Anna Freud Centre, Best Beginnings, CALM, Contact, Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and Young Minds.
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