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Revealed: Duchess Kate's favourite foods at home with Prince William and children

The Duchess of Cambridge chooses home-cooked comfort over luxury dining

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24 September 2021
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When we imagine the dining room of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, we envisage lavish buffets and luxury ingredients.

And while the royal family do indeed enjoy an indulgent spread from time to time, you may be surprised to learn that most of Duchess Kate's favourite foods are actually very relatable!

The royal has been known to sample everything from wild geoduck sashimi to ice cream during official engagements and on royal tours, but as a busy mother-of-three, her home-cooked meals are nothing out of the ordinary.

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Even better, it turns out many of Kate's favourite dishes are family-friendly classics - perfect for her children  Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

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Kate Middleton told Mary Berry she loves baking birthday cakes

The royal previously admitted to loving spicy curries (which her husband Prince William struggles with!) and the pair were even spotted sharing a bag of popcorn during a basketball game.

And appearing alongside chef Mary Berry in A Berry Royal Christmas last year, Kate revealed her passion for baking birthday cakes for her children. She said: "I love making the cake. It's become a bit of a tradition that I stay up 'til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it." 

Read on to discover more of Kate's surprisingly normal favourite foods…

Italian food 

Duchess Kate reportedly loves to cook Italian food with her children. People reported that during a visit to Lavender Primary School, the royal told Matthew Kleiner-Mann they often rustle up a comforting bowl of mac 'n' cheese.

He said: "She was telling us how much her children love cooking and how they cook for her. They made cheesy pasta the other day. One stirs the flour, one puts the milk and butter in. And they make salads and stuff."

Kate is also a fan of making homemade pizza from scratch with the help of the kids. Charlotte and George are said to love getting "their hands messy" while making the dough. Cute!

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Prince William revealed he and Kate were big sushi fans during a visit to Japan House London, where he met Japanese chef Akira. "Very impressive," the royal said as he tucked into some salmon sashimi.

"Thank you very much. My wife and I love sushi. We might have to come down here for lunch when no one else is in."

The Duke's admission appears to debunk the myth that members of the royal family aren't allowed to eat seafood, and shows they like to experiment with different foods from around the world.

Spicy curry

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Kate loves spicy foods, unlike her husband Prince William!

When she was seven months pregnant with George, Kate enjoyed a homemade vegetable dish cooked by Indian couple Chan Shingadia and her husband Hash, who ran the Spar shop near Kate's home in Berkshire at the time. Chan added that as a vegetarian she only cooks meat-free dishes, suggesting that Kate opted for a veggie option to satisfy her pregnancy cravings.

When it comes to curries' spice levels, the Duchess herself has previously admitted she is a fan of spicy food – although she revealed ahead of her royal tour of India with Prince William that unlike her, her husband "struggles" with spices.


Prince William and Kate and their wedding guests dined on a saddle of organic lamb after they tied the knot in 2011, but it's not the only time the royal couple have been spotted opting for a dish with the meat.

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Kate has previously poked fun at her culinary skills

While attending the Taste of British Columbia Food Festival in 2016, William and Kate headed to chef Vikram Vij's stand where they sampled some of his 'Wine-Marinated Lamb Popsickles in Fenugreek Cream Curry', which he renamed 'Maharajah's Lamb Popsicles' for the purpose of their visit.

Her grandmother's chutney

The mum-of-three revealed that she put her culinary skills to the test when she spent her first Christmas at Sandringham with the British royal family. Kate admitted that she chose to gift the Queen with a pot of her grandmother's chutney, for a personal touch.

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"I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas," Kate revealed in a documentary released to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

"And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, 'Gosh, what should I give her?' I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents and I thought, 'I'll make her something', which could have gone horribly wrong, but I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney."

Admitting she was "slightly worried about it", Kate revealed that the chutney featured in the Christmas meal the following day, noting that it shows the Queen's "thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody."


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William and Kate snacked on popcorn when they attended a basketball game

During the royal tour of Canada and the USA in 2014, Kate's love for popcorn was revealed when she and William attended a basketball game during their visit to New York.

As she watched the NBA match Kate was spotted sharing a bucket of the tasty snack with William, occasionally reaching into the bag throughout the game.

Vegetarian dishes

While Kate does occasionally eat meat, it seems that she favoured meat-free options during her and William's royal tour of India. Chef Raghu Deora, who was charged with creating dishes for the royal couple during their stay at the Taj Mahal Palace, revealed that he served up a lunch of vegetable kebabs and lentil curry for the pair.

"It is all vegetarian because I was told that was what they preferred," he explained.

READ: 5 foods the royal family don't eat revealed – and some may surprise you

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