The Duke of Cambridge was invited in to the school canteen at John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, Herts, after landing his helicopter in the grounds, which is close to the Lister Hospital. Students were stunned to see the Royal tucking into the school meal when they walked into the canteen at break time.
He sat at a table and are roast chicken and cauliflower cheese with several year 11 pupils, but refused a pudding. William, who visited the school with two colleagues, later paid his compliments to the chef, Stuart.
Clive Matthew, headteacher, said: "The school is close to the Lister Hospital so the helicopters use the playing field to land and we always offer the crew refreshments. "We were stunned when we realised Prince William was part of the crew today. "He sat with me and some year 11 pupils and they asked him if he had enjoyed the Christmas holidays and he told the students he'd had a lovely time. "He was really nice and it was lovely the visit was so spontaneous. I think it made the students' year."
Prince William returned to work yesterday after a three week Christmas break.