The Duchess of Cornwall put her culinary skills to the test as she joined Jamie Oliver for a baking feat in the Clarence House kitchens on Wednesday! The duo were joined by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for a fun-filled reception hosted by Camilla to launch The Great Get Together. To kick off the event the trio were invited to decorate a few of the 140 mouth-watering cupcakes - created by chefs Meera and Stuart – with vanilla toppings and rice paper Union flag butterflies, to be served to the guests.
First to take on the challenge was Jamie, who revealed he was "happy to take the reins". The food guru showed off his impressive skills, with Hugh quipping that he had set them a great challenge. When it came to Camilla's turn, she admitted: "Icing has never quite been my forte." Although a few of her cake decorations turned out larger than expected, Prince Charles' wife wasn't fazed. "I'm doing my own, err, unique style," she quipped when Hugh pointed out the difference between two of her creations.
Jamie and Hugh joined the Duchess of Cornwall for the fun-filled reception
When the baking fun was over, Camilla took time to thank those who had attended and share a heart-warming tribute to the late Jo Cox, who was tragically murdered last year. "I don't want to make a speech but I would like all of you who have got a glass in their hand to raise it and drink a toast to the Big Lunch and The Great Get Together and may it go from strength to strength," said Camilla. "I also hope and know that wherever Jo is now she would be looking down proudly and seeing what a wonderful job you are doing."
The Duchess of Cornwall put her baking skills to the test and iced some cupcakes
The Great Get Together is set to take place over the weekend of the 17/18 June, with tens of thousands of community get-togethers being planned across the nation from barbecues and picnics to street parties. The event is a collaboration between The Big Lunch and the Jo Cox Foundation, for which Camilla is a patron.
"I love the way food brings people together to break bread," Jamie later remarked. "I, like most people, was affected by Jo's death and a year on this is a chance to turn a terrible negative into a positive. Everyone is so excited about it and seems to be joining in."