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William and Kate visit St Luke’s Community Centre in Central Street, Finsbury

PUBLISHED: 15:40 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 22 March 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Victoria Dawe/The Big Lunch/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Victoria Dawe/The Big Lunch/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by at St Luke’s Community Centre in Central Street, Finsbury, for an international-themed lunch this afternoon.

The Duchess of Cambridge taking part in preparations  for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA WireThe Duchess of Cambridge taking part in preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

It was part of the “Big Lunch” initiative, which encourages people to sit down to a meal with members of their community once a year.

It was the Kate’s last royal engagement before going on maternity leave: her third child is due in April.

The Duke of Cambridge taking part in preparations  for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA WireThe Duke of Cambridge taking part in preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Chef Matt Jones, 45, who has been at the centre for several years, said: “It was fantastic – the opportunity to meet people of their influence.

“As we got them to decorate our dishes, Kate said she cooked with her kids but that it sometimes got a bit messy. That’s why I prefer teaching adults.”

The Duchess of Cambridge taking part in preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA WireThe Duchess of Cambridge taking part in preparations for a Commonwealth Big Lunch at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Referring to a recipe for butter chicken that the royal pair handed over to staff, he added: “I’m very intrigued about their recipe.”

Community centre member Sakaina Buhari, from Sierra Leone, said: “I’m very happy to see them come down to share things with us. We love it.”

The Duke of Cambridge at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA WireThe Duke of Cambridge at St Luke's Community Centre. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Angela Dooley, 43, who works in the kitchen, added: “It’s just really nice that they’ve come. It was amazing, everyone was looking forward to it.

“We’re all excited to cook the recipe they brought.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Luke's Community Centre this afternoon. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA WireThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Luke's Community Centre this afternoon. Picture: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

In the centre’s cafe, William and Kate were briefed on the work of St Luke’s.

It has a fully equipped cooking school and runs community classes on healthy home cooking and avoiding food waste.

Report by Press Association

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