Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, made her last official appearance before her due date at a community learning centre in Lewisham on Friday.
Accompanied by husband Prince William, the couple made visits to various spots across London, including the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford. The facility, named after the 18-year-old who was stabbed to death by a group of white youths in an unprovoked racist attack in 1993, provides a community space to support children and inspire them to achieve.
William and Kate were shown around the Centre by Lawrence’s mother, Baroness Lawrence, who said: “There is a lot happening at the centre and what we want to do is keep developing people’s skills so that they have the skills to go out and find work.”
Working with the Harris Academy in Greenwich, the Stephen Lawrence Centre hosted a law workshop for young people, where they met Stephenson Harwood lawyers. The royal couple met some of the youths attending the workshop, and heard how they too hoped to become lawyers one day. Owen Wetsi-Kindudi, 13, elicited a laugh from Prince William when he said he wanted to practice law because “it would be fun to sue people”.
After the visit, Baroness Lawrence said: “It has been quite an amazing visit. They spent a really good time with all of our young people and showed genuine interest in what they are doing.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth on April 25 and the new royal baby will be their second child, following the arrival of Prince George in July 2013. “The first time is a learning experience, the second time is a game-changer,” the Duke of Cambridge said.