The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Northern Ireland on Wednesday and met in person with a group of student nurses who they first spoke to via a video call in February.
Prince william and Kate visited Londonderry for a day trip to meet young people and hear about how organizations are engaging in different communities.
The Duchess of Cambridge handled a tarantula and a bird during the visit, while the royal couple also had a close encounter with a snake, which William was holding.
They were visiting Ulster University’s Magee campus and met nursing students, whom they spoke to via a video call in February, who had joined the frontline fight against COVID-19[female[feminine by working in services or in the community during the pandemic.
During the call, Kate told the trainees: “Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country, so you couldn’t have picked a better career choice and it’s more necessary than ever. . “
The Cambridges were shown a simulated ambulance, the only one of its kind in the area, built on campus to train those studying the new BSc Hons Paramedic Science program.
The course, which started last week, is offered by the university to support the development of the allied health profession in Northern Ireland and beyond.
As part of their visit, the Cambridges spoke to the first cohort of medical students at the university’s new medical school.
It was created this year in response to the nation’s shortage of medical personnel, with the aim of training the next generation of physicians.
Away from textbooks and hands-on lessons, William and Kate learned how undergraduates relax and spend their free time when they visit the student union.
This gave them the opportunity to sample Northern Irish food and drink, ranging from whiskey and bread to soda to Tayto chips.
The students were able to teach the royal couple some local expressions before hearing some of the university’s talented musicians play traditional instruments.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also traveled to the City of Derry Rugby Club to meet players, coaches and volunteers involved in a sports initiative.
They heard from sports officials explain how the initiative brought together communities from different backgrounds.
The visit to Northern Ireland came after the glitz and glamor of the world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die which the couple attended on Tuesday night in London.