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.