26 March 2018

On Thursday 22 March, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited St Luke's Community Centre, London EC1 to help prepare food for a Commonwealth Big Lunch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge helping to prepare food at St Luke's

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by St Luke's Choir and children from the local community nursery and joined a cooking group to put the finishing touches to dishes for the Commonwealth Big Lunch which was shared later that day.

Here's a little clip of what they got up to.

Mr Michael Ryan, St Luke's Chief Executive Officer says: "We're thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses are helping St Luke's with our Commonwealth Big Lunch.  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!"

Lunches of all shapes and sizes are set to take place between Commonwealth Day - 12 March and Sunday 22 April as part of the official celebrations ahead of and during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.

Over the six week period, high profile and diverse events will be held across the Commonwealth.  Thousands of people are set to come together as part of this international initiative launched by the Prime Minister and created by educational charity the Eden Project in partnership with the UK Government.

Peter Stewart, Executive Director of the Eden Project says:  "Sharing food creates a sense of connection between people - strangers can become friends and that's the idea behind the Commonwealth Big Lunches.  We're encouraging people to come together across 53 nations spanning six continents and are thrilled that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are able to join us at St Luke's."

With 2.4 billion citizens across the Commonwealth spanning 53 countries and six continents, Commonwealth Big Lunches will provide a unique opportunity for people to unite over their shared Commonwealth links.

This initiative builds on the Eden Project's annual Big Lunch, made possible by the National Lottery, which launched in 2009 as a way to connect people with their communities over a shared meal. It has since seen millions of people get involved, including for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  The Big Lunch will take place later this year on Sunday 3 June.