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Kate Middleton taking cooking classes ahead of royal baby's birth

21 MAY 2013

Kate Middleton has reportedly been taking cookery classes as she awaits the birth of her first child.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who will welcome her and Prince William's royal baby in July, has been having lessons with the couple's new housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone.

Kate has learned how to make a "number of new dishes", a source told US Weekly.

 

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The mum-to-be has been learning new dishes and recipes with Antonella, who is known for her "delicious" Italian cooking.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hired the 42-year-old Antonella last month, as they make preparations to move into Kensington Palace later this year.

The petite Italian – who was one of the Queen's three top housemaids – has landed the highly-coveted post after being appointed as the couple's housekeeper with Her Majesty's blessing to help them in their new life as parents.

Antonella will be well at home looking after the new royal parents. She has worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years, was a valued and popular member of staff with both the Queen and her former colleagues, and is known for her wonderful Italian cooking.

A royal insider said, "Antonella is renowned for being very hard working. She is extremely dedicated and fully intends for this job to become her whole life. 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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In recent weeks, the Duchess has been spotted stocking up ahead of the birth of the baby in July. Last month, Kate was seen shopping with her mother, Carole Middleton, in an exclusive baby boutique with the mum and daughter leaving with a moses basket.

Kate was also spotted shopping for décor, most likely for her and Prince Williams new home. The couple will move into Apartment 1A later this year as the couple relocate to London as they welcome their first child.

Kate and William had previously been reluctant to hire a housekeeper as they lived in a rented cottage in Angelsey, Wales, and Kate was often seen in the local supermarket picking up the latest shopping for the couple.