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Shepherd's pie top of my menu, says Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday revealed shepherd's pie is one of her favourite dishes as she carried out her last public events before the birth of her second child.

Kate and William kicked off a string of three engagements by touring the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford, south east London.

They were shown around the centre, named after Stephen, who was fatally stabbed by a group of white youths near a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in April 1993, by his mother Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

With the Duchess around eight months pregnant she is unlikely to make an official public appearance until the day she leaves hospital with the latest addition to her family. As she left the centre Kate was presented with flowers by Stephen's niece Mia.

The Duchess, who was wearing a fuchsia pink coat by Mulberry and black high heel shoes, made the culinary confession while chatting with the 10-year-old, who likes to cook shepherd's pie.

William told Mia: "I quite like shepherd's pie, I will have to pop round and try it."

Baroness Lawrence said: "It was an amazing visit. The Duke and Duchess spent a good time talking to our young people and showed genuine interest in what they were doing."

Asked about Mia's chat with the Duchess, the Baroness said: "Mia loves to help with the cooking but I didn't realise shepherd's pie was her favourite."

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