He also disclosed his fondness for house music and how he sometimes plays a
didgeridoo at home.
Coached by DJ Shane Peterer, 28, at the Northern Sound System studios, the
Duchess, in a pale pink low cut Alexander McQueen dress, started off
hesitantly behind the decks but was soon scratching a record, laughing and
giving a thumbs up.
The Duke followed suit, but with less flair, and Mr Peterer said the Duchess
was queen of the decks.
“She was fantastic but he can fly a helicopter. So horses for courses,”
the DJ said.
Inside the Northern Sound System centre the Duke told Mark Reilly, a
19-year-old wheelchair-bound rapper, about his love of hip hop and dance
He told him: “I quite like house music. I like my house music. I like a
bit of rock and roll, a bit of RB. I’m not a big heavy metal fan. I’d
like to be but I’m not.”
The royal visitors also chatted to a group called Aerosol Angels, which
encourages young people to express themselves by creating graffiti art in a
controlled way rather than by defacing public buildings, and the Duke leapt
at the chance to spray paint the sky on a mural.
Casey Zechef, 16, said: “I asked him if he would like to have a paint. He
said yes, so I got him to paint a bit of blue. He loved it. He didn’t want
to stop. He said it was fantastic – it was so easy.
“He was a natural at it. I was very surprised at how good he did. When
you use a spray can for the first time some people don’t use it so well. You
have to get used to it. But he was a natural.”
Casey had painted a green skateboard given to the Duke and Duchess for Prince
George, with George on the underside and boxing kangaroos and Australian
flags either side.
The couple went on to watch young riders putting on a display of BMX bike and
scooter riding on a skate park, but Casey said efforts to persuade the Duke
to get onto a skateboard failed. She said: “The Mayor said he’d like to
get William on a skateboard but he said: ‘No, I can’t ride.’”
Elizabeth, built in the optimism of the 1950s, was named after the Queen and
initially thrived, but has since suffered a steady decline in manufacturing
jobs and is now run down and in need of regeneration.
Half a century after the Queen lent her name to the area, a new urban space is
being planned called Prince George Plaza, the first major public commission
to be named after the nine-month-old future king.
On a sunny St George’s Day, the Duke and Duchess unveiled a plaque to mark the
site where it will stand.
Outside the local council’s Playford Civic Centre, they went on a walkabout
cheered on by 20,000 people.
Inside they met young people at a reception to honour those working for the
community. Among them was Emily Jaworek, director of estate agency
Attainable Real Estate, who does voluntary work with young people in the
Ms Jaworek, 27, an Aborigine from the Larrikia group in Darwin, said Prince
William told her he had a didgeridoo at home and had played it every now and
again since his youth. “He said he got the chance to try out playing a
didgeridoo in Uluru,” she said.
Her friend Maria Hull, 18, said he told her: “I’m not very good.”
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