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Saturday 16 December 2017

Kate carries out her final pre-baby duties

The Duchess of Cambridge will carry out a series of royal engagements today with Prince William - her last official public events before the birth of her second child.

William and Kate were to spend much of the day in south London touring the Stephen Lawrence Centre and later learning about the work of the XLP (eXceL Project), a charity working with disadvantaged young people.

With Kate's baby due at the end of next month, she is unlikely to make an official public appearance until the day she leaves hospital with the latest addition to her family.

The Cambridges began their day by joining Baroness Doreen Lawrence at the centre named after her son Stephen, who was fatally stabbed by a group of white youths near a bus stop in Eltham, southeast London, in April 1993.

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The centre, in Deptford, is home to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and is a place for community learning and social research.

During their visit the royal couple met staff and volunteers before touring the Harris Academy law workshop in the centre's lecture room and then being shown a display of some of the architectural work undertaken at the centre.

Later, William and Kate were to visit Christ Church in Gypsy Hill, south London, to learn about the work of XLP and watch a presentation by young performers who have been through the organisation's arts programme.

The last event of the day will see the Cambridges visit the XLP mobile recording studio at a housing estate in nearby Sydenham.

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