Prince William and Kate video call school children during coronavirus lockdown

In some ways it was the classic royal engagement, with eager children dressed as Easter bunnies, proud teachers and a future king and queen ready to praise them.

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared at a primary school in Burnley yesterday, there was one small difference: it was via video link thanks to coronavirus lockdown.

The Cambridges, who are working from home in Norfolk, dropped in to a “show and tell” session for the children of key workers, praising them and their NHS parents for “amazing” work.

Primary school children from Burnley, wearing bunny ears and holding up their pictures, offered the couple a posy of flowers made from origami paper, and asked – to no avail – whether the Duke might like to have a name like William the Conquerer when he is king.

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