The parents of three hosted the Radio 1 Teen Heroes finalists at Kensington Palace ahead of this weekend's awards ceremony

By Stephanie Petit
October 19, 2018 10:32 AM
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Prince William and Kate Middleton have stayed busy while the other half of the royal Fab Four, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, continue their whirlwind tour Down Under.

Earlier this week, the royal parents of three hosted the Radio 1 Teen Heroes finalists at Kensington Palace ahead of this weekend’s Radio 1 Teen Awards ceremony, which will feature performances by Little Mix, Liam Payne and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Kate, 36, wore a red polka dot dress for the occasion, while William, 36, opted for a blue suit with a white button-up sans tie.

Each of the eight finalists have been recognized for their service to others — each in their own way. Lily, 14, is an advocate and wheelchair motocross competitor.

“Someone told me you can do a back flip in a wheelchair,” Prince William said to her. “How on earth can you do that, and secondly, how do you practice that? How do you get to the point where you think to yourself, ‘Okay, here we go. I’ve got to make it all the way around’?”

Lily said she was simply at the skate park and decided to try it, and William made sure that she was wearing safety gear like a helmet.

Other honorees include 14-year-old Junior is a dancer who campaigns against bullying, and Siena, 16, who supports students with autism and learning disabilities.

“To be recognized as making a difference to other people’s lives by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will inspire them to carry on the extraordinary work they already do,” Radio 1 DJ Greg James told the BBC.

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The royal couple have made some of their most candid confessions on BBC Radio 1. During a surprise interview in April 2017, they opened up about their life at home with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, including lounging in their “comfy clothes” while catching up on TV.

When DJ Scott Mills asked how the royal couple likes to relax, they revealed they order takeout and watch their favorite shows, including Homeland and Game of Thrones.

“Absolutely and curry — definitely!” Kate said, while William added that the order doesn’t get delivered to the palace.

“Normally someone goes and picks it up,” he said.

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Last year, Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by singer Rita Ora to host the inspirational teens at Kensington Palace.

“See the biscuits lying around?” a smiling Prince William joked with the winners midway through the reception, before pointing to a pile of cookies in front of a signed photo of himself and Kate. “This plate is full behind you. That means you have not been trying hard enough!”