Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, surprised ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship and Producer Lizzie Robinson with what appeared to be a new talent of hers, which they discussed on their Royal Rota podcast. The Duchess and Prince William spent the week calling care workers around the UK to thank them for the work they’re doing around coronavirus. During one of the calls to Shire Hall care home in Wales, the royal couple played bingo with some of the residents there.
Mr Ship told listeners: “It was brilliant, very good wasn’t it?
“Particularly I was wondering whether Kate would be able to get the bingo lingo, as it is called.
“She may have researched it in-depth beforehand.
“Or she already knew that six and two was tickety-boo and so on.”
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In UK bingo, callers announcing the numbers have traditionally used some nicknames to refer to particular numbers if they are drawn.
For example, two is known as ‘one little duck’ because of the number’s shape resemblance to the animal.
The dance step ‘Jump and Jive’ refers to the number 35.
‘Christmas cake’ is Cockney rhyming slang for 38.
She continued: “The home said it had managed to stay very positive and they were managing to have fun during the outbreak, but things of course were tough and that working in the PPE was challenging.”
Mr Ship also told listeners: “You can see from the pictures that they’re working in PPE.
“I think the slightly wider point is that whereas a lot of the focus in this country has been on hospitals and on the NHS, care homes and staffing care homes feel like they haven’t quite got that recognition.
“So to get that in such a big way from William and Kate was great, and that got quite a lot of coverage, didn’t it?
“The picture of Kate holding up the bingo balls was very good for them.”