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Diamond Jubilee: Charles and Camilla join Piccadilly party

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Media captionSurprise royal guests join Diamond Jubilee street party

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall joined Londoners as surprise guests at a Jubilee street party.

Charles and Camilla attended the Piccadilly street lunch in central London, and 500 people clapped and cheered when they realised they would be eating with royalty.

The royal couple brought a union jack cake to share with the revellers.

After eating, the royal couple walked along Piccadilly and spoke to local residents and onlookers.

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.

TS Learner said: "They are very good at making people relaxed and they are very down to earth."

Others that the royal couple spoke to included Tom Meyer, a former Desert Rat who has lived in Piccadilly for 56 years.

'Lucky to survive'

Mr Meyer, 93, was wearing a tie in the colours of the Rifle Brigade.

He said: "Charles recognised my tie and we talked a little bit about the desert campaign.

"We both agreed that we were lucky to survive."

Image caption The royal couple brought a union jack cake

The event was part of a Big Jubilee Lunch initiative organised by the Eden Project charity, which was hoping to bring six million people out across the UK and in places as far flung as China, Algeria and the Arctic.

Lucy Winkett, rector of St James's Church in Piccadilly, said: "It was great watching everything be set up this morning but it was quite wet so we were anxious about how many people would come.

"We needn't have worried because people just turn out anyway."

Before leaving, the royal couple stopped to sing the national anthem, played by a live brass band.

The Duke of York and princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also made a surprise visit to a Jubilee lunch at one of the oldest churches in Fulham, west London.

Prince Andrew and his daughters were welcomed by revellers at All Saints Church in Pryors Bank, west London.

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