Just hours after they wowed at the red carpet premiere of the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, Prince William and Kate travelled to Northern Ireland on Wednesday for a day full of engagements.
“It’s great to be back in Northern Ireland for a day in Derry-Londonderry hearing from young people about how life has been during the pandemic and meeting organizations working across communities,” Kensington Palace posted in a tweet just after they arrived.
During their day out, Prince William and Kate visited Kidz Farm while touring the Ulster University Magee Campus.
William was given a female snake to hold describing it as “very cool” adding: “George is obsessed with snakes, he’s going to be so upset he missed this.”
“I won’t ask you how you know it’s a she, we’ll talk about that later,” William joked, handing back the snake and remarking she was ‘very soft’ to the touch.
Meanwhile, Kate fearlessly asked to hold a tarantula while at the mobile zoo, which help students with mental health and anxiety issues.
Told the tarantula is called Charlotte – the same as the royal couple’s daughter, Kate laughed and said: ‘Is she really?’
In the background, we can also see Prince William keeping his distance, which might suggest that the Duke of Cambridge might not share Kate’s enthusiasm for meeting the small creature. As the big spider started moving up the Duchess’s hand, William joked: “Maybe she’s not so keen on purple, or she maybe thinks you’re a flower.”
Later on, looking at the chickens in cages, Kate told the pet handler: “We’ve had lots of animals during the lockdown.
“During the lockdown, animals are often like therapy.”
Today it was Prince William and Kate’s first time in this part of Northern Ireland, having previously visited other parts of the country in 2016 and 2019.