Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Commonwealth celebrations

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertook two engagements in London today celebrating all things Commonwealth. The royal couple began their day at the Copper Box at Olympic Park and ended their day with a Big Commonwealth Lunch at St Luke’s Community Centre.

William and Kate began their day at a SportsAid event at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. Their first event at the site was to witness a wheelchair basketball session after which they met the participants, some of whom are hoping to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in which the sport will feature for the first time.

 

Duke of Cambridge shoots some hoops.

 

SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind – helping young British sportsmen and women aspiring to be the country’s next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and World champions. Every year the charity supports over 1000 athletes by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs.

Following the meeting with the basketball participants, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take part in a Commonwealth Quiz in which athletes, coaches and supporters were questioned on their knowledge of the Commonwealth Games. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will begin in April on Australia’s Gold Coast.

From Olympic Park, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their way to St Luke’s Community Centre where they helped with preparations for a Big Commonwealth Lunch.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at St Luke’s.

 

Upon their arrival to the Centre, William and Kate were given a briefing on the work of the Community Centre in the cafe and given the chance to meet and chat with staff and volunteers.

 

Catherine greeted by some schoolchildren.

 

St Luke’s Community Centre provides services and activities for locals at the heart of the EC1 community and has a range of facilities including a fully-equipped Cookery School which runs a variety of classes.

Catherine talked about how Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoy a bit of pizza making and home and liked getting their hands dirty.

Whilst at the centre, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a recipe workshop and discussion in the kitchen with service users, who regularly discuss their favourite dishes and what inspires them to make that dish.

Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess of Cambridge will begin a period of maternity leave after undertaking today’s official engagements.

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