Prince William Tells High School Students He Loves Coldplay

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updated 06/04/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 06/04/2014 AT 5:30 PM ET

When he’s not raising his heir or attending public engagements, Prince William may be jamming to Ghost Stories.

The royal revealed he’s a big fan of Coldplay while speaking to school children Wednesday – though he declined to play drums with their samba band.

“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,” he told one drummer at Goole High School in East Yorkshire, where he spent more than an hour chatting with students as he launched an award for primary schoolchildren as royal patron of the charity SkillForce.

When asked about his own musical tastes, reporters heard William, 31, reply, “I really like Coldplay, Linkin Park.”

Later in the day, the Duke of Cambridge moved on to West Yorkshire’s Bradford Foyer, a center for homeless youth run by his Centrepoint charity, for which he’s been a patron since 2005. The charity took over the running of the Bradford Foyer, along with six other hostels in the city, in November, and has since helped 328 young people across the city.

William also lent a hand at a media workshop to help young people learn interviewing techniques and technical skills that could be useful in landing new jobs. For once, the very public William got a taste what it’s like to put the the lens on someone else.

Standing behind a camera, William joked, “Prepare to smile,” as he focused on two residents.

“That bit’s easier,” he quipped before motioning toward the media and adding “no pressure on those guys.”


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