Queen and Kate form dynamic duo to start Jubilee tour
The present (Elizabeth) and future (Kate) Queen arrive at Kings Cross St. Pancras Station, in north London before boarding a train to visit the city of Leicester on the first date of her Diamond Jubilee tour of Britain. (AFP/Getty Images)
The two formed a dynamic royal one-two punch as they toured Leicester on Thursday, with cheering crowds greeting their arrival.
All eyes were, as always, on what Kate was wearing. For the record, it was an LK Bennett 'Jude' teal jacket (which costs $230 on sale), and Davina dress ($95). A hat by James Lock and Episode suede shoes completed the look. Also as always, it was quickly reported that the items were selling out on UK websites.
Crowds gathered as early as 6 a.m. to catch of glimpse of the present and future Queen (with Prince Philip providing escort) as they arrived by train. Thousands lined the streets as they did a walkabout and made their way to the city's cathedral.
This is still fairly new business for Kate, who is just getting used to going to public events without her husband Prince William, who is about a month into his six-week tour of duty in the Falklands. One well-wisher during her Leicester visit asked how the Prince was. "'He's fine," Kate replied, "but I'm missing him terribly."
After the church service, the royal party was off to De Montfort University, where activities included Kate choosing a winner among student designs for a new pair of shoes that will be crafted for her.
"I'm in shock still -- it means everything and it is a massive thing for my career," Hunt, 20, said. "(Kate) is the biggest fashion icon. Everyone looks at what she is wearing constantly and she always looks amazing."
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be on a hectic travel schedule from now until July, making stops in every corner of the UK to help celebrate the monarch's 60 years on the throne.
To mark the start of the tour, British Prime Minister David Cameron paid homage to the Queen on Wednesday: "While the sands of culture shift and the tides of politics ebb and flow, Her Majesty has been a permanent anchor, bracing Britain against the storms, grounding us in certainty," he told Parliament.
"Diamond is the appropriate epithet for this jubilee. For 60 years, Her Majesty has been a point of light in our national life -- brilliant, enduring and resilient.
"For that, she has the respect of the House and the enduring affection of all her people."