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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend the Piccadilly Big Jubilee Lunch

3rd June 2012

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, attend the 'Big Jubilee Lunch' in Piccadilly ahead of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, attend the 'Big Jubilee Lunch' in Piccadilly ahead of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall surprised crowds attending the Big Jubilee Lunch in Piccadilly today, when they popped along to join in the celebrations.

Arriving at the lunch, Their Royal Highnesses spoke to the crowds who had turned up to celebrate sixty years of The Queen's reign, along the busy London street.

The Prince asked people if they were keeping warm enough, but the weather wasn't enough to dampen spirits.

Braving the damp weather, 500 revellers clapped and cheered when they realised who they would be eating with.

The Duchess of Cornwall became Patron of The Big Lunch in March, and celebrated the occasion yesterday by bringing along a cake decorated as the Union Jack. The lunch was organised by the Eden Project, which encouraged people across the world to hold their own Big Lunches to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Social worker Eva Learner and her daughter TS Learner, a novelist who writes thrillers, sat next to the royal pair and shared cherries with them. Eva Learner said: "It was great that they sat down and had a cherry with us. "It was a surprise to see them here but one feels really comfortable with Camilla and the Prince." Her daughter said they had attended the Piccadilly street party because they live locally. "Charles asked me how long we had been waiting and whether we were local. "They are very good at making people relaxed and they are very down to earth. "Now I'm going to go in somewhere warm and watch the flotilla on the box."

To see our full round-up of the event, you can watch the video and see the photographs on our multi-media blog on Storify: www.storify.com/clarencehouse