Kate Middleton forced to apologise after mishap during pancake challenge at care home

The Princess of Wales has tried her hand at making pancakes during a visit to a care home – but was forced to apologise after it went horribly wrong.

Kate visited the Oxford House Nursing Home in Slough today, where she learned about how it is caring for its elderly residents.

For the visit, which coincided with Shrove Tuesday (AKA Pancake Day), the princess wore smart navy trousers and a polo neck jumper, teaming it with a camel coloured coat.

And given the day she visited the home, she took part in a pancake making challenge alongside two of the care home's cooks.

However, it didn't go as well as planned as Kate laughed as she struggled to free the batter mix from a frying pan, but successfully tossed it when she joined residents from a nursing home enjoying the annual event.

Before she started, the princess predicted a culinary mishap, telling Anna Wright, head chef at Oxford House Nursing Home in Slough: “I always seem to get my pancakes stuck either in the pan or the ceiling or the floor.”

After pouring the batter into a frying pan, Kate keenly watched it, spatula in hand, asking Ms Wright for advice.

Kate said: “This is where I go wrong, I obviously try and turn them too quickly.”

Conscious of the large number of residents, staff and press silently watching, the princess quipped: “I wish there was, like, music going on.”

Laughing, she added: “Maybe the children won’t want to do pancakes… ‘Mummy we’ve seen you do it – no way’.”

After finally prising the pancake free she held the frying pan with both hands and tossed the batter mix, to applause from the audience, before pointing at her efforts and saying: “Definitely don’t eat that one.”

During her visit, Kate also heard about Oxford House’s use of technology to stimulate and enrich the daily lives of residents.

She tried out an interactive football table with one resident called Jean and also chatted to 109-year-old Nora, who told Kate her favourite food is kidney with Brussels sprouts.

She also visited the home's award-winning garden and talked to residents next to an interactive wall, which has a screen showing a train journey.

Based in Slough, the nursing home looks after up to 34 residents. It also operates a domiciliary care organisation, Oxford House Community Care, which provides support to enable local residents to live independently in their own homes.


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