The great royal cook off! Pregnant Kate goes head-to-head with William in the kitchen during her final royal engagement before maternity leave (but admits her efforts were 'so bad')
- Duke and Duchess are undertaking engagements celebrating the Commonwealth
- First stop was the Olympic Park's Copper Box arena for a SportsAid event
- Couple took part in a Commonwealth quiz alongside athletes, coaches and supporters
- Kensington Palace confirmed Kate will start maternity leave after today's events
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a cook-off today - but Kate groaned when she saw her efforts, whispering to her husband: ‘That’s soooo bad!’
The couple, who gamely donned pinnies for the event, were invited to finish off dishes prepared for a community lunch at St Luke’s Community Centre in London - Kate's last official engagement before maternity leave.
This morning a Kensington Palace spokesperson confirmed: 'Today's public engagements by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be Her Royal Highness's last before starting her maternity leave.'
She may appear at some family occasions during the summer but is not expected to return to official duties until the autumn, according to aides, and even then her 'primary focus' will be her children.
The royal opted for a smart casual look for her outings today in skinny jeans, teamed with a non-maternity top from Hobbs and a cream coat by Goat - which she removed in the kitchen to reveal an impossibly neat baby bump - to put on her pinafore, before she and William took up their positions.
William told staff in the kitchen that he enjoyed cooking, as did Kate. Asked what his favourite cuisine was, the prince said he ‘really loved curries’.
‘I love a lot of things, curries, really do love curries. I do like fish as well, I like Italian, pasta, and pizza, really love pizza. I don’t make it but the children do. I just eat. ‘
Kate earlier told a community centre user, Yolanda from Bolivia, that their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, loved to make pizza.
‘I have done that with George and Charlotte, making pizza dough. They love that, don’t they? Because they can get their hands messy,’ she said, smiling.
The couple were at the centre in East London as part of the the lead up to the Commonwealth Big Lunch, which is designed to encourage communities around the world to make friends and meet their neighbours over a meal together.
Kate and William looked delighted to be working together today on Kate's last engagement before she takes time off to have her baby. The royal couple shared a joke as they chatted to athletes aspiring to take part in the next Commonwealth Games
The Duchess of Cambridge chatted to pupils from Chobham Academy, East London as she arrived at the Olympic Park
The Duke and Duchess share a joke as they met wheelchair basketball players at the Copperbox Arena in East London. Afterwards, Kate donned her apron to help out in the kitchen at St Luke’s Community Centre
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are soon to be parents for the third time, looked in great spirits as they arrived for their last joint engagement before Kate gives birth
In the kitchen at St Luke's Community Centre, the Duchess removed her cream coat to reveal her incredibly neat baby bump
The Duke and Duchess both donned aprons and got stuck into preparations for the Commonwealth Big Lunch, which encourages people to get together for food with members of their local community
Affectionate Kate joked with William as he prepared to take part in a game of wheelchair basketball
The Duke of Cambridge couldn't hide his delight as he had the chance to take part in a game of wheelchair basketball
Pregnant Kate slipped into black skinny jeans and a coat by Goat for her last day of royal engagements before giving birth. It's the third time the thrifty royal has worn the cream cover-up on official duties
Look chic in a collarless coat like Kate wearing Goat
The Duchess of Cambridge has been working hard in the lead up to her maternity leave, but today will be the last official outing she undertakes before the birth of her third child.
Today she was in London for Commonwealth-themed engagements and she was positively glowing in a cream coat, which is by Goat.
The Duchess loves this British brand, regularly turning to them for new pieces, but this outerwear is something she's worn again and again no doubt because of its classic style. Kate first wore this cover-up back in 2013 when she was pregnant with Prince George and last took it on an outing in November 2017. It's definitely a favorite!
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William received a coaching session from wheelchair basketball players, some of whom hope to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
Kate accessorised with her favourite Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop earrings. The Duchess and Prince William will take part in a Commonwealth quiz this morning, alongside athletes and coaches
The Duchess was impressed the school children's artwork as she examined their hand painted sign welcoming her to East London
Masterminds! The royals took part in a Commonwealth Quiz in which athletes, coaches and supporters were questioned on their knowledge of the Commonwealth
Pregnant Kate looked in great spirits as she chatted to SportsAid coaches, athletes and volunteers
St Luke’s provides services and activities for locals at the heart of its community and has a fully-equipped Cookery School, which runs community classes on healthy, home cooking and avoiding food waste.
As they arrived Kate was presented with a pretty spring bouquet by Rhea Richards, four, from the St Luke’s Nursery. ‘How old are you?’ she asked. ‘Four? Wow. George is four. Well thank you very much, this is lovely.’
They then went in for a cup of tea in the centre cafe for a briefing about its work, but managed to resist the plates of cupcakes, almond bakewells and brownies on offer.
The highlight of their visit, however, was the kitchen.
A team of ladies who enjoy cooking lessons at the centre each week had already prepared a variety of dishes from around the world including a Malaysian prawn mee goreng curry, plantain, rice and spinach under the guidance of chef Matt Jones, 45.
William gave them his own recipe for butter chicken in return. ‘Here’s another curry recipe for you,’ William laughed.
The pregnant Duchess looked in great spirits ahead of taking time out to have her third baby. Kate is completing a day of engagements celebrating the Commonwealth before stepping out of the spotlight
The Duke and Duchess were delighted to be spending time with wheelchair basketball players who are hoping to compete in the 2
A royally good sport! Rather than sitting on the sidelines, Prince William was eager to get involved in the game
The Duke and Duchess took part in a quiz about the Commonwealth, although Kate didn't get all of the questions right
The royal couple were asked to put garnishes on the dishes before they were taken out to members of the local community to dine on.
Told he would help with a Malaysian dish, William said: ‘Not Durian Fruit [ a pungent Asian delicacy] is it? I fell for that one before, never again!’
He was also asked if he spoke Spanish . ‘Un poquito [a little] ,’ he laughed,’but I’m not brave enough to try it here!’
Kate said she was a keen cook. ‘Yes, yes, I cook a lot,’ she told Sofia Larrincua-Craxton, the manager of the cookery school.
Peter Stewart, Executive Director of the Eden Project, told the couple that they had designed the cookery segment of their day to be a competition between them, but he couldn’t actually choose.
The Duke was eager to get involved in the game as he met with wheelchair basketball players at the Copperbox Arena
Pregnant Kate was in cheerful spirits as she took part in a Commonwealth Quiz this morning. Kensington Palace today confirmed that this is the Duchess' last day at work before she has her baby
William and Kate met with wheelchair basketball players who are hoping to compete at the next Commonwealth Games
You're definitely going to win with him on your team! Prince William joined coaches, athletes and supporters for a quiz about the Commonwealth
Pregnant Kate paused to boys from Chobham Academy who took pride of place in the front row
Kate's first stop of the day is a visit to SportsAid to undertake engagements celebrating the Commonwealth. The Duchess wrapped up her baby bump in a cream coat by Goat, and carried her favourite Mulberry clutch
Later in the day, Kate and William donned aprons to help out with a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre
Kate tied her apron securely at the front, which highlighted her bump, as she got stuck in at the kitchen today
William was seen garnishing a rice dish as he and Kate got competitive in the kitchen at St Luke's Community Centre
‘I love a competition, no you should definitely judge! ‘ William replied.
Kate didn’t look too impressed by her efforts, however. ‘That’s sooo bad!’ she laughed as her dishes were brought out.
The couple took the time to chat to those about to tuck into their efforts and even tried their hand at a Commonwealth quiz.
Kate thought the answer to the question: ‘What is the smallest member country of the Commonwealth?’ was Tuvalu, a Pacific island she and William have visited, but said she had to check with her husband.
He agreed that it was the right answer of the three options they were given, but knowledgeably ventured that he thought there was another one. He is right - Tuvalu shares that honour with Nauru.
Kate also chatted with volunteer Rebecca Young and the centre’s business engagement manager, John Garces, about the difference it made to the local community. ‘She was very knowledgeable about issues such as social isolation and what places like St Luke’s mean,’ Rebecca said.
Prince William looked impressed as he chatted to schoolchildren who were waving the flags of Commonwealth nations to greet the royal visitors
Kate added a touch of colour to her ensemble with a patterned floral top from Hobbs
A group of youngsters from a local school turned out in force to welcome the royal visitors
It's been a busy start to the year for Kate who has been determined to fit in as many engagements as possible ahead of her due date. The pregnant royal now has a chance to put her feet up for a few weeks before giving birth to her third child
While chatting to youngsters outside the event, William admitted he was bad at maths at school but loved geography
Prince William looked like he was in his element as he had the chance to take part in a game of wheelchair basketball
The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a cream coat by Goat for her visit to East London today. She's spending her last day before maternity leave undertaking events celebrating the Commonwealth
Before they left the engagement - the last the duchess will carry out before the birth of her third child - they were asked to sign a visitor’s book that only had one other signature in it, the Queen’s.
‘No pressure then, don’t smudge it,’ Kate teased her husband.
She pointed out that the date, March 18 1982, was the year that both she and William were born.
St Luke’s hosts a 'Big Lunch' every year as part of the Eden Project's Big Lunch initiative.
The Big Lunch aims to encourage as many people as possible to have lunch with members of their community once a year to share food and encourage friendship. Commonwealth Big Lunches are part of the official celebrations leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and are taking place from Commonwealth Day on 12th March until 22nd April.
Michael Ryan, St Luke’s Chief Executive Officer said: ‘We’re thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses are helping St Luke’s with our Commonwealth Big Lunch.
The Duchess was wearing her Goat coat for the third time today (left). She previously sported the same piece on a engagement at Hornsey Road Children's Centre in November 2017 (centre) and on a visit to Child Bereavement UK in March 2013 while pregnant with Prince George (right)
Pregnant Kate was looking a little windswept as she brushed her brunette locks out of her face
The couple often take part in sporting challenges together on official engagements, but today Kate let William take the lead
Pregnant Kate looked stylish today in black skinny jeans, teamed with a pair of towering suede heels
Mother-to-be Kate looked animated as she paused to chat to a young member of the welcoming committee outside the arena
The Duchess seemed very impressed by youngsters' artwork as they gave the royals a warm welcome
The Duchess showed off her blossoming baby bump in a black floral top and cream coat
‘We provide services and activities for our local community. We host a daily lunch for older people, an annual Big Lunch in June and celebrate our diverse cultures.
‘Our Commonwealth Big Lunch will be an extra special event for all here.’
Before they left, Eden project’s Peter Stewart wished the couple well ‘ particularly over the next few weeks’, which left Kate, who is due to give birth towards the end of April, smiling broadly.
William and his wife began their day at the Olympic Park's Copper Box arena in Stratford, East London for an event staged by SportsAid, a national charity helping the next generation of Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth champions.
Inside the 7,000-seat arena, which hosted handball and modern pentathlon fencing during the London 2012 Olympics, the royal couple met wheelchair basketball players led by television presenter Ade Adepitan, who won bronze at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.
He encouraged William to have a go and helped advise him on how to get the best performance out of the wheelchair, while SportsAid's chief executive Tim Lawler told the Prince how difficult he had found the sport playing in a charity tournament for the past three years.
'I've played for three years and only had one shot,' Mr Lawler said, adding that he had never scored.
But William immediately impressed the players as he wheeled himself adeptly towards the basket and came close twice before scoring with his third attempt to the cheers of the watching crowd.
'Three years, Tim,' he said smiling and taunting the chief executive.
Robyn Love, 27, who competed in the sport at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, was impressed. 'He was pretty good. Normally people can't reach the basket or they try to jump out of the wheelchair when they shoot but he was quite natural,' she said.
Upstairs on a balcony the royal couple met double Olympic gold medalist Lizzie Yarnold, who successfully defended her skeleton title at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, last month.
She was helping to give media training to young athletes and then joined Kate on a team of six competing in a quiz about the Commonwealth Games.
William was overheard chatting to schoolchildren about their favourite subjects and admitted he was 'very bad at maths' in his younger years
The royals are eagerly awaiting the birth of their third child who is due next month. Kate spent some time chatting to schoolchildren about the flags they had made for the royal visit
Pregnant Kate was seen bonding with youngsters during her last official engagement before giving birth again
Not long to go now! In just a few weeks the royal couple will be parents to three children
Pregnant Kate is due for a well earned rest once today's engagements are complete. It's not likely she will be seen in public again before she emerges from hospital with her newborn
The Duchess paused to examine the artwork created by young school children for the royal visit
The Duchess was seen chatting to soprano Laura Wright (second from right) and the SportsAid event
Pregnant Kate attend a SportsAid event at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. The national charity helps young British people aspiring to be the country's next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions
There were about 20 teams, each named after a Commonwealth Games host city and Kate's was Brisbane. Across from them, William joined Ade Adepitan and four others on the Edmonton team.
Quizmaster Clyde Muir, Vice President of RBC Capital Markets at Royal Bank of Canada, one of SportsAid's biggest financial supporters, asked five multiple choice questions about the history of the games.
'Did you get that one? We got that,' William shouted across at Kate, taunting her.
His team got four out of five, compared to three out of five for Kate's team but another team won, getting all five right.
On arrival this morning, the couple received a warm welcome from pupils from the Chobham Academy, who were bearing flags from Commonwealth nations and paused to chat to them about their favourite subjects.
William was overheard admitting to one youngster who expressed a love of maths: 'I hated maths at school. I was very bad at maths. I was good at geography. Do you find it easy? That's fantastic.'
Before they left, the couple were presented with gifts for their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Athletes Vera Chinedu and Amber Anning, both 17, gave them a furry Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot each - Borobi, a blue kuala.
Despite being heavily pregnant with her third child, the duchess schedule has been busy over the past few weeks.
Highlights have included attending her first official event with Meghan Markle, when the pair joined William and Prince Harry for a question and answer session about the royal trio's Royal Foundation and their charitable aims for the future.
And on Wednesday Kate launched a major project, an early years steering group, which will look at ways of improving how society supports children so they have the resilience to cope with life's pressures when adults.
The duchess's due date has not been released but it is thought the Cambridges' baby is expected a few days after the Queen's birthday, April 21 and well before Harry and Meghan's wedding on May 19.
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