Prince William and Kate Middleton Hold First Royal Engagment by Video Link at School for Children of Health Workers

Prince William and Kate Middleton told school pupils to be proud of their parents on the coronavirus frontline during their first royal engagement by video.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were not able to visit in person due to the lockdown but spoke to children wearing easter bunny ears at Casterton Primary Academy, in Burnley, U.K., over the internet.

In a lighthearted moment, Kate, 38, joked her husband was eating all the chocolate while Prince William, 37, insisted there would be plenty for the family come Sunday.

One boy called Harris, 10, held up a painting he'd created of his mum who risks coronavirus infection going into work each day for the health service.

He said: "This is a picture of my mum and she works for the NHS (National Health Service) as an admin for the health visitors and I'm really proud of her."

The duchess replied: "I agree you should be very proud of her. They're doing an amazing job all the NHS workers so well done you."

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Prince William and Kate Middleton visiting school children in the Margalla Hills of Pakistan as part of the royal tour. Getty Images

The school is one of many in the U.K. that stayed open for children of key workers, leaving them free the parents free to provide vital service.

Casterton is near Burnley General Hospital and teaches the children of many of its staff.

The royal family have kept busy in isolation by staging phone meetings with their charities and Prince Charles opened a key frontline hospital by video link.

The Prince of Wales made a speech as NHS Nightingale, a new temporary hospital dedicated to treating only coronavirus patients, was unveiled.

However, yesterday's school meeting was the first involving an informal two way conversation with members of the public.

Another boy, Lloyd, nine, said: "This is a picture of my mum and she works at a special school and she helps and treats children."

Lloyd made a bouquet of paper flowers to present to the couple, proudly showing them to the camera.

Anita Ghidotti, chief executive of the Pendle Education Trust, which runs the school, told the Daily Mail: "He had spent three days painstakingly making paper flowers covered with ladybirds for the duchess.

"He spent so much time on it and called himself the origami king. He did a virtual handover of his posey. He was very proud.

"The flowers had ladybirds on them and the Duchess said her Louis loved ladybirds and had been out in the garden looking for them."

She said the couple were asked who their favourite famous person was and Kate chose broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough because George has been watching the BBC's Blue Planet documentaries.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Asked about Easter treats in his house, the duke told teachers: "There'll be a lot of chocolate eaten here as well, don't worry."

From their private home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, Kate joked: "You keep eating it."

Prince William signed off: "We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you guys and well done for keeping it all going.

"Please pass on many messages of support for the staff and all the volunteers. They're doing a great job."

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