Dining With The Duchess

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, The Big Lunch, attended a Commonwealth Big Lunch with pupils from Barn Croft Primary School in Walthamstow on Tuesday.

Started by The Eden Project in 2009, The Big Lunch believes that society is better equipped to face challenges collectively.

Camilla has been Patron of The Big Lunch since 2012. In an article she wrote for The Sun in April 2012, HRH commented:

“I am delighted to be Patron of The Big Jubilee Lunch — a simple idea from the Eden Project that encourages people to sit down for lunch with their neighbours for a day.”

The Duchess was greeted by the youngest children in the school, waving Commonwealth flags, as the school choir performed when she arrived.

Her Royal Highness then visited the school hall, where older children were preparing decorations, food and gifts for their Commonwealth Big Lunch event.

The children gathered around tables and took part in various Commonwealth-themed activities, such as decorating biscuits.

In the kitchen, Camilla met pupils preparing bread, to represent The Big Lunch’s tenet of ‘breaking bread’ with neighbours.

Before departing, The Duchess of Cornwall presented the school with a Commonwealth-themed cake.

In 2012 The Big Lunch set a record when 8.5 million people from 70 countries took part in sharing a meal together to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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