Kate Middleton showed off her baking skills at a royal outing with Prince William in East London on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at the Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery to help prepare 3,000 bagels for the day.
The charity bakery is one of the suppliers of vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, like many businesses, Beigel Bake, known for its savory bagels, had to close shop for a few months and only recently resumed its operations as the restrictions eased off.
Kate and Prince William received a warm welcome from Amnon Cohen, who founded Beigel Bake with his brother, Asher. The Duchess of Cambridge, who loves to whip delicious treats in her kitchen, quickly got to her task to bake 30 bagels.
Assisted by William, Kate looked quite like the pro in the bakery's kitchen as she handled a seven-pound dough and was commended for her technique. The royal, however, said that she's had beginner's luck and laughed after saying that the rest of the bagels might have not turned out right.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore face masks while they worked. But, some fans on Instagram wondered why Kate did not wear hair net and gloves or removed her jewelry while handling the dough.
The visit to Beigel is Kate and William's first three official engagements after their summer break and return to London. The Cambridge pair and their kids spent the last six months in lockdown in Norfolk.
Beigel Bake had been the couple's last engagement for Tuesday. Kate and William also visited a Muslim Centre that does deliveries of warm meals and medicines during the lockdown. The Cambridge royals also visited a London Bridge facility to speak to people who lost jobs due to the pandemic.
The Office for National Statistics informed the royal couple that nearly 695,000 people in the U.K. have not been receiving regular pay from March to August. The unemployment rate in the country also increased to 1.4 million people in the second quarter of the year. Kate Middleton and Prince William's visits to these sites was to bring understanding on how local businesses and workers have been coping amid the crisis.
Meanwhile, last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first week of school with Prince George and Princess Charlotte back at Thomas's Battersea. Prince William, however, said that he's relieved the kids are now getting in-person instructions from their teachers after he admitted that homeschooling his school-age kids was challenging.