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Kate and William hailed ‘world’s premier royal couple’ as they prepare for new roles

A video tribute focused on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tours sparked huge praises directed at the couple. One royal fan, Richard Viest, wrote on Twitter: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have become the world’s premier royal couple.” Another Twitter user, Liane, wrote: “Wonderful wonderful couple. 

“You give us hope William and Catherine. Thank you”.

A third, Isabel.C.Martins, said: “They are the best for the future for UK”.

And another, Julie Smith, hinting at Kate and Prince William’s future roles, added: “We are lucky to have them.

“Seem a lovely couple who will head our nation well.” 

Prince William is second-in-line to the throne and is set to become Prince of Wales when his father Charles will ascend to the throne.

When this happens, Kate may inherit the title of late Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales.

Kate and Prince William have been working throughout the pandemic, first from their home in Norfolk and later resuming face-to-face engagements.

Kate and Prince William moved from Kensington Palace to Anmer Hall in late March, when the Government shut down schools to stop the spread of coronavirus. 

Between April and May, the Duke and Duchess took part in several conference calls with their charities or with associations working on causes they care about.

In April, Prince William pledged to make his and Kate’s top priority the mental wellbeing of key workers.

Supporting the launch of the online platform Our Frontline, a 24/7 online support service for those on the frontline, the Duke said: “Over the past few weeks, millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health on the line to protect us all during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Every day they confront traumatic situations at the same time as having to contend with their own worries about the risks to themselves and their families. 

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“That takes a real toll, and as I’ve seen for myself through my work with the Air Ambulance, without the right support at the right time the challenges they face will only be greater.

“Catherine and I, together with The Royal Foundation, will do all we can to support Our Frontline. This work will be our top priority for the months ahead.”

The Duchess continued to focus her royal work on children and families.

In May, Kate joined a video call with a new mother and father at the same maternity ward she carried out a work experience for two days in November last year. 

Joking with the parents, the Duchess said: “Very nice to meet you. This is definitely a first I think”.

At the height of the pandemic, the Duchess also launched a photography contest called Hold Still in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, one of her patronages.

With this contest, Kate wanted all participants to depict the spirit of the lockdown, photographing relatives, friends, key workers or any other subjects they deemed explicative of their lives during the pandemic.

On Saturday, Kate revealed organisers of this initiative received more than 30,000 submissions – narrowed down over the past few weeks to 100 finalists.

Kate and Prince William also took part in a rare TV interview where they shared their troubles with homeschooling their two eldest children and living on lockdown. 

In mid-June, the Duke was the first royal to step out of Anmer Hall to carry out a face-to-face engagement.

Heading to the East of England ambulance headquarters in King’s Lynn, the Duke heard from paramedics how they had dealt with the pandemic so far.

Before the summer break, Kate and William headed to Wales to meet in person residents at the Shire Hall Care Home they first met through a conference call months ago.

With them, the couple had played bingo – but did not impress 87-year-old Joan Drew-Smith.

Meeting her face-to-face earlier this month, the Duke said: “Hello Joan, do you remember we did the bingo with you? You said we weren’t very good!”

She replied: “Yes, you did a bloody s****y job!”     

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