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Monday 22 December 2014

Duchess of Cambridge 'takes cooking lessons'

Duchess of Cambridge

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge is learning to prepare "delicious" Italian dishes from the royal couple’s new housekeeper.

Catherine's new housekeeper Antonella Fresolone is apparently teaching the pregnant royal to whip up sumptuous Italian dishes.

The sessions are taking place in Catherine's kitchen in Nottingham Cottage situated in the grounds of London's Kensington Palace.

According to a source the 31-year-old mother-to-be is keen to learn “a number of new dishes” from the aide, who is known for her “delicious” homemade pasta and fresh bread.

“The expectant royal has been indulging her domestic side more and more in recent weeks, as her July due date grows ever closer,” Us Weekly reports. “Earlier this month, she was spotted shopping for decor for the home she shares with Prince William. And on Saturday, she and her husband spent a ‘lazy weekend’ together in London.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently hired Antonella, who has worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years, to help them adjust to parenthood when their baby arrives in July.

One of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s top three maids, Miss Fresolone beat off stiff competition for the £23,000-a-year position.

The 42-year-old housekeeper will be cleaning all areas of the residence, looking after Prince William and Catherine’s clothing, silverware and glassware as well as doing all the laundry. She is also required to run errands, prepare basic meals and look after the couple’s pet dog Lupo.

“Antonella is renowned for being very hard working. She is extremely dedicated and fully intends for this job to become her whole life,” a palace insider revealed. “The queen will have given it her blessing. She does not like to stop people progressing through the ranks and will be happy that William and Kate have someone they can trust.”

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