Kate has her pick of Cinderella slippers
De Montford University students (from left) Mei Chun Lai, Kay Yeng Cheng, Summer Spencer, Sam Sawkill, Tabatha Duffield and Becka Hunt show off their designs that will be judged by the Duchess of Cambridge. (Facebook)
The students of De Montfort University are definitely putting their best foot forward for a royal visit next week.
Queen Elizabeth and her newest sidekick, granddaughter-in-law Catherine, will be visiting the university in Leicester as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee visits.
One of the highlights is expected to be Kate judging the work of six students from the footwear design program, whose task -- on a suggestion from the university -- was to design a pair of shoes fit for a duchess. The winner will have their shoes transformed into a real pair that will become part of the shoe tree from which the Duchess of Cambridge plucks her footwear.
Sort of "Cinderella," in reverse.
After more than 100 submissions, the school has whittled down the list to six finalists. The students' designs seem to draw on several themes, from flowers, to dragons, to tartan plaid. (Pick your favourite at right).
“When asked who their first commission was for at their first job interview, they will be able to reply: ‘The Duchess of Cambridge, the world’s leading fashion icon,’” said Dominic Shellard, the university’s vice-chancellor.
The visit will be significant, too, for the fact that it marks the first time Kate and the Queen will be sharing the public stage at the same time (post-wedding). You can expect that the Duchess will keep a respectable distance.
"The excitement and anticipation felt around our campus since this visit was announced is a measure of the great affection our students and staff have for the Queen," said Shellard.
The visit to Leicester will be full of presents for their royal visitors.
The Queen will be leaving with a picture of a Corgi -- her favourite dog breed -- judged to be the best from among primary school students, as well as a scarf designed by De Mongtfort textiles student. The Duke of Edinburgh will be given a 3D image of himself driving a horse and carriage.