Many people have started working from home as the worldwide pandemic continues to rage on, and so have Prince William and Kate Middleton. The couple is using Zoom, a remote conference service, and their Zoom username they are using is simple, yet royal.
The two took part in the first-ever royal engagement through video call on Wednesday, ‘meeting’ with a school in northern England where the kids of essential workers, such as healthcare staff and emergency services members-are being cared for during these troubled times. During their call, the royals met staff and children from the school, with the kids even getting the chance to showcase their Easter arts and crafts projects.
Fans can notice that William and Kate’s Zoom username is set as “DOC”. The three-letter acronym in the lower-left corner of the screen stands for their royal titles: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Other royals have done the same, such as Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with her going with “CW3” for her Zoom username. Screenshots were shared on the Royal Family social media accounts showing Prince Edward’s wife talking with key organizations.
William and Kate looked great, even for a conference call, for their chat with the staff and children at Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley, Lancashire.
“Well done, honestly, to you and everyone who’s in during this time. It must be such a relief for all the parents who are key workers to know that the normality is there for their children — they’ve got the structure and they’ve got a safe place for them to be, so really really well done to all of you,” Kate said.
William added, “We just want to say a huge thank you to you guys and well done in keeping it all going. Please pass on many messages of support for all the staff and all the volunteers — they’re doing a great job.”
At the end of their call, the staff wished Prince William and Kate a happy Easter with their children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who will be turning 2 this month.
William then shared: “There will be a lot of chocolate being eaten here, don’t worry!”
Kate then turned to him and said with a laugh: “You keep eating it!”
Last week, Kate and William did a similar kind of engagement, making calls to healthcare workers on the front lines for this virus crisis, including calls to the colleagues of one of the first doctors to die from it. The royal couple talked with the staff from Queen’s Hospital Burton in Staffordshire, England, the hospital where Amged El-Hawrani, a senior doctor in the National Health Service, worked. He was among the first medics to die in the U.K. during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Teachers across the UK are dedicating their time to keeping schools open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 8, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called teachers and school staff at Casterton Primary Academy to thank them for their hard work and dedication. pic.twitter.com/2h9N66O4EP
“We’d just like to say from the two of us how proud we are of all of you and how amazing you are all doing under extreme circumstances,” William said during the call. “I know all of you see this as your job and that you get on with it, but this is a different level and you are doing an incredible job.”
“The whole country is proud of you so thank you for everything you’re doing and all the hours you are putting in,” he added.
Kate added: “You’re stretched in all sorts of ways looking after the patients in your care under such extreme circumstances. But you also need to be able to make sure you support yourselves and each other. It must be so hard, but I’m glad to hear that you’re currently getting all the support you need.”