KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William sparked havoc as they arrived for an unannounced royal engagement in Wales, with several royal fans breaking social-distancing measures to catch a glimpse of the beloved royals.
Royal fans were quick to forget social-distancing measures still in place as they spotted Kate and Prince William arriving on Barry Island today. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s series of engagements in South Wales have been kept a secret to prevent royal fans from gathering outside the venues they were due to visit.
However, a few eagle-eyed royal supporters still managed to spot Kate and William arriving at a cafe.
This unusual royal sight caused holidaymakers to flock to the barricades in place and wave to the couple to attract their attention.
Kate and William, who haven’t been greeted in a similar fashion by the public since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March, stopped to greet and speak to the well-wishers.
During their day on Barry Island, the Duke and Duchess met local entrepreneurs and business owners to hear about the impact COVID-19 is having on their livelihoods.
Kate and Prince William visited Barry Island (Image: PA)
Kate and Prince William met the owners of Marco’s Cafe (Image: PA)
Kate and Prince William, who were not wearing face coverings, visited among other venues Marco’s Cafe – a family-run business launched in 1958 which even featured in the BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey.
The couple also had fun visiting an arcade, where they had a go at a series of games.
Prince William was filmed laughing at Kate as she failed to win a toy from a claw machine.
Kate and Prince William have met local business owners (Image: PA)
Kate and Prince William’s engagement had been kept a secret to avoid mass gatherings (Image: PA)
Barry Island attracted 424,000 visitors in 2019, but local businesses have experienced a drastic dip in revenues and visitors this year because of the pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard how the popular holiday hotspot is trying to get back on its feet as the Government is tentatively easing lockdown measures.
They also saw in person the safety measures in place at restaurants, pubs and other venues, keeping visitors and staff as safe as possible from the virus.
Kate tried to get a toy from the claw machine (Image: PA)
Kate and William stopped to greet the crowd on Barry Island (Image: PA)
Kate and Prince William also met staff and residents at the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff, three months after entertaining them as virtual bingo callers during a video call from Anmer Hall.
This visit comes just hours after Kensington Palace unveiled Kate’s latest drive to support children.
Following an emotional visit to a baby bank at the beginning of the lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge understood the struggles of many families and single parents across the country.
Therefore, she gathered the support of 19 brands who donated more than 10,000 items to more than 40 baby banks scattered across the country.
Prince William is the second in line to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)
Opening up on her experience at the baby bank in Sheffield helping families and children in need, Kate said: “It can get very emotional.
“I remember a couple of the families I met from King’s Lynn and I went home and literally burst into tears, their stories were so moving.”The struggles they have gone through, the bravery they have shown…in extraordinary circumstances.
“Helping their families through extraordinary times.”
Kate and William visited an arcade on Barry Island (Image: PA)
Upon launching her new initiative, Kate visited Baby Basics UK – an organisation run by volunteers which supports some of the most vulnerable families in the UK by providing essentials such as nappies, clothing and bedding.
The Duchess was photographed carrying inside the association’s building some of the packaged goods donated by brands.
For the first time since the lockdown started, Kate was seen wearing a face covering during an official engagement.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK