Last Shrove Tuesday, the Princess of Wales tried her hand at making pancakes on a visit to a nursing home – but ended up apologising when her attempts went awry
With their mum still recovering from surgery, it might be their dad Prince William who helps Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
The royal youngsters are currently on their February half-term school holidays and are at their Anmer Hall country retreat in Norfolk with their parents, where the Princess of Wales is continuing her recuperation after having abdominal surgery last month. Last year on Pancake Day, Kate admitted her children were keen to make pancakes in order to mark the annual event. But she was left worried that the trio would want to boycott her pancakes after her attempt at making some on a visit to a nursing home went horribly awry.
It came last year when Kate visited the Oxford House nursing home in Slough. There she took part in a pancake-making challenge alongside two cooks including head chef Anna Wright. However, her efforts at whipping up a pancake ended in disaster she giggled as she struggled to even flip the pancake in the air. Conscious of the large number of residents, staff and press silently watching, the princess quipped: “I wish there was, like, music going on.”Laughing, she added: “Maybe the children won’t want to do pancakes… ‘Mummy we’ve seen you do it – no way’.”
After prodding the mixture with a spatula, she eventually managed to free some of the pancake and managed to flip it over. And she said: “Definitely don’t eat that pancake. All of the ones that were made earlier are much nicer.” Turning to one of the cooks, she added: “Sorry, I really haven’t done you justice” before labelling her creation a “congealed blob”.
It’s been just two weeks since the Kate left hospital after undergoing abdominal surgery. And in a sign her recovery is going well, she is believed to have left her Windsor home of Adelaide Cottage for the first time to continue her recovery elsewhere. Both she, Prince William and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are all said to have decamped to their country retreat of Amner Hall in Norfolk for the holidays.
When Kate was first admitted to hospital last month, William cleared his diary in order to care for his wife. However, last week he made his return to royal duties with two very different engagements. In the morning, he held an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle handing out a series of awards before attending a glamorous gala later that night in aid of the London Air Ambulance.
The outings marked William’s first engagements since Kate had surgery on January 16 and after previously saying his return to work would be dependent on her care and recovery. It also came just days after it was revealed King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, with heir to the throne William expected to step in for his father for some events.
But despite getting back to work, the 41-year-old will not be carrying out more engagements this week as he spends time with his family in Norfolk. Also close by at Sandringham is the King and he may be able to spend time with William, Kate and his grandchildren during their week off school. Yesterday, the monarch attended church with Queen Camilla in his first public outing since the announcement of his cancer diagnosis.
The 75-year-old King was seen in public for the first time since his cancer diagnosis as he left Clarence House in a car on Tuesday, the day after starting his treatment, following a brief reunion with Prince Harry. Charles has postponed all public-facing duties but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers. On Saturday, the King thanked people for their “many messages of support and good wishes” and said it was “equally heartening” to hear how sharing his diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding of cancer.