The Duke of Cambridge revealed a liking for Coldplay when he met children today at Goole High School, but he warned against instant beef stew and dumplings when embarking on expeditions.
William spent more than an hour at the East Yorkshire school and spent much of his time apologising to the youngsters for the pouring rain.
"I'm so sorry I didn't bring better weather with me," the duke said to flag-waving pupils as he arrived.
William was at the school to launch a new award for primary school children asroyal patron of the charity SkillForce.
SkillForce draws on the values and skills of ex-forces personnel to inspire young people to achieve at school.
He watched the youngsters take part in a team bridge-building exercise in the school yard which was inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day later this week.
As he chatted to the school's samba band, which was providing the musical accompaniment, he refused an offer to play one of the drums.
He told one of the drummers: "I used to play the piano, trumpet and drums when I was your age but I couldn't read music. There's only so much you can remember from the top of your head."
And when one of the band asked him what music he liked, the duke was heard to reply: "I really like Coldplay, Linkin Park."
Inside the school, William chatted to pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme who told him about their expedition planning.
Inspecting a packet of Morrisons Value instant pasta and cheese, he said: "Have you tried this before? It's OK, it's not too bad.
"It's better than the beef stew and dumplings which is quite a heavy one."
William chatted about the SkillForce initiative with staff, pupils and representatives of the charity.
The new SkillForce Junior Prince's Award is aimed at nine and 10-year-olds, especially under-privileged children who do not have easy access to these kind of activities.
It is particularly aimed as smoothing the transition for children between primary and secondary school.
The award involves team-building and problem-solving challenges, team sports, outdoor pursuits including camping, first aid, navigation, observing remembrance and community projects.
Goole High School has worked with a group of local primary schools to develop the new national award programme.
Prince William visited the youth homeless charity Centrepoint's base in Bradford this lunchtime.
The duke is the royal patron of Centrepoint and learned about the organisation's work in Bradford before meeting young people involved in employability training workshops, designed to break the cycle of youth homelessness.
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Prince William will watch children tackle a playground challenge inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day when he visits a Yorkshire school today.
William is visiting Goole High School where he will launch a new award for primary school children as royal patron of the charity SkillForce.
SkillForce draws on the values and skills of ex-Forces personnel to inspire young people to achieve at school.
Police investigating the deaths of three men who were onboard a German cargo ship docked at Goole say they found nothing suspicious.
Two men from the Philippines and one German man died after being taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.
The investigation has been referred to the Maritime Agency.
Police have named the German man and two men from the Philippines who died after an incident onboard a ship docked in Goole.
Ferrer Punogayan, 33, and Jonathan Sanosa, 38, both from the Philippines and Gerd Jescheniak, 60, from German died a short time after they were taken from the boat to hospital.
an investigation has been launched by Humberside police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch after the deaths of three men at Goole Docks.
The men were found onboard a German cargo ship which had been carrying timber too East Yorkshire. Police say it is too early to speculate on the cause of the tragedy.
Rachel Townsend reports:
Police remain at West Dock in Goole investigating the deaths of three men on a German cargo ship.
A 60-year-old German man and two men from the Philippines aged 33 and 38 died after what police are describing as an 'incident' onboard.