Tidy! Prince William and Kate compete in Nessa's arcade as they visit Wales for first time since lockdown
Prince William and Kate have travelled to Wales for their first engagement in the country since lockdown began.
The couple visited Barry Island on Wednesday, marking the furthest they have travelled since restrictions in the UK began to ease.
They displayed the usual Cambridge rivalry as they played games in the arcade, made famous as being the location of Nessa’s Slots in the BBC’s hit comedy Gavin & Stacey.
At one point Kate thought she had won big, as a grabber moved a blue toy closer to her.
But her cries of “Yes!” and her thumbs up turned to disappointment a split second later as the toy dropped back into the pile.
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The Gavin & Stacey references continued as they visited Marco’s Cafe, where Stacey, played by Joanna Page, worked during the series.
But William confessed: “It’s one of the few boxsets I haven’t already watched. I’ve never actually watched it.
“But I know how much it has done for the economy here and it’s a wonderful series.”
Owner Marco Zeraschi said: “I told them we have James Corden as ‘prince’ and Ruth Jones as ‘princess’ of Barry Island but said I have changed my mind now. They were very charming.”
Kate wore a blue Emilia Wickstead dress, first worn at RHS Wisley, as they toured Barry Island and talked to business owners about the impact of COVID-19 on tourism.
They also saw new beach huts installed on the island as part of a £6million investment in regeneration.
While details of the trip were not announced in advance, to stop crowds gathering, the warm weather meant some who were enjoying their ice creams on the beach also saw the royal couple.
The couple also visited the Shire Hall care home in Cardiff, to meet residents they played virtual bingo with during the lockdown.
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On Tuesday, Kate was pictured in a face covering during her engagement in Sheffield as she helped unpack donations to a baby bank.
However, because rules around face coverings differ between England and Wales, there was no need for the couple to have them during their visits to the beach huts or cafes in Barry.
They did wear them when they visited Shire Hall, later in the day.
They also ensured they adhered to social distancing guidelines as they met with residents and staff of the Cardiff care home in the garden.