The Prince and Princess of Wales hosted a tea party at a London hospital

Prince William and Princess Kate make ice cupcakes as they mark special anniversary

While assisting in the organization of a surprise tea party for NHS employees at a London hospital, the Prince and Princess of Wales displayed their cake decorating prowess.

In the touching video posted by Kensington Palace, William and Catherine, 41, can be seen decorating cupcakes with blue and white buttercream and setting tables at the celebration for the NHS’ 75th birthday at St. Thomas’ hospital in London.


Mel Giedroyc has a go at piping with the royals
Photo: Kensington Palace


The Princess was also seen placing a topper on a three-tiered cake made by Bake-Off finalist Alice Fevronia while donning an appropriate blue polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich.

When deciding whether to spread jam or cream on a scone first, William once quipped, “Whatever is closest.”


Kate adds the finishing touches to the cake
Photo: Kensington Palace


“I always do jam, then cream,” Catherine said. The Princess is no stranger to baking at home; she once told culinary icon Dame Mary Berry that she enjoys staying up late to make birthday cakes for her kids.

At the tea party, the royal couple socialized with attendees like Aneira “Nye” Thomas, the first child born on the NHS and named after its creator, Aneurin Bevan.


William and Kate chat with Bake Off finalist Alice Fevronia
Photo: Kensington Palace


The NHS Big Tea party was inspired by grandmother and former nurse Blanche Hines, a member of the Windrush generation, and included three generations of NHS employees from the same family on the guest list.

TV host Mel Giedroyc and NHS Charities Together, which the Prince and Princess support, served as the event’s hosts.


The guests received a royally big surprise
Photo: Kensington Palace


The former Eurovision and Great British Bake Off presenter said it was a “utter privilege” to be a part of the event and that the “quintessentially lovely, British day” had left people “so delighted.”

Prior to the Wednesday anniversary of the NHS, William and Catherine paid a visit to St. Thomas’ in May. When the Covid-19 pandemic was at its worst in December 2020 and the couple was traveling nonstop across the UK on the royal train, they joined forces with NHS Charities Together.


The Princess chatting with guests
Photo: Kensington Palace


Wishing everyone a very happy 75th birthday for the NHS, the Prince and Princess sent out a message at the end of their visit. I sincerely appreciate everything you do.

“The Prince of Wales was very mindful of the support that’s been given by NHS charities and how essential that is, and really understood the issues and complexities – particularly with the current challenges we’re facing,” said Dr. Neil Rees, a consultant clinical psychologist who heads the staff wellbeing program at Guy’s and St. Thomas’.


William and Kate are royal patrons of NHS Charities Together
Photo: Kensington Palace


“The pandemic brought attention to the needs of the workforce, but he was eager to discuss how we maintain the care that jobs like mine provide and how charities play a significant role in that. Being honored in that manner was very special.

The NHS Big Tea, now in its sixth year, raises money to support volunteers, staff, and patients.

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