03/01/2012

Queen, Kate and Camilla team up in royal blues

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Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Duchess  of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge look at their hampers filled with champagne truffles and treats each of the women's dogs, courtesy of Fortnum & Mason food store in London on Thursday. (Reuters)

Three generations of royal women went shopping on Thursday, but this was no ordinary bargain-hunting excursion.

Store kidsIn a rare summit of Royal Family females, Queen Elizabeth was joined by Duchesses Cornwall and Cambridge (otherwise known as Camilla and Kate), for a tour of the luxury department store Fortnum & Mason.

Dressed in shades of blue, the trio toured the store's famous food hall, met with military personnel and unveiled a plaque marking the regeneration of the Picadilly area for the Diamond Jubilee.

Kate and Camilla followed the Queen's lead, but the Duchess of Cambridge's presence clearly made this trip an occasion that brought out larger crowds. In a departure from her normal British-made wear, Kate wore a wool coat from the Italian fashion house Missoni, though her shoes came from the UK's Rupert Sanderson. All the ladies sported daffodils in honour of St. David's Day, recognizing the patron saint of Wales. (see video of their arrival below).

Their tour included a stop at the store's restaurant, which has been renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Station in honour of the Queen's 60th year on the throne. Part of the reason for the visit was to acknowledge the contribution of Diamond Jubilee United Services Tins that are filled with tea and biscuits sent to 18,000 members of the British armed forces.

About 150 current and former staff were in attendance for a tea party with the royals. 

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Kate steps out of the car that brough her, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla to the posh Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. (Getty Images)

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Kate, Camilla and Queen Elizabeth await a plaque unveiling, as London Mayor Boris Johnson (between Camilla and the Queen) looks on outside the Fortnum & Mason store. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Kate admires a Diamond Jubilee-themed iced cake while visiting Fortnum & Mason, then greeted some members of the military. (Getty Images) 
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Camilla tries out one of the sweets on display while Kates chats up the staff at Fortnum & Mason. Paul Grover/AFP/Getty Images)
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Catherine and Camilla watch as Queen Elizabeth unveils a plaque commemorating the regeneration of the local Piccadilly. (Getty Images)
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Queen Elizabeth talks preserves with one of the store's staff during her visit to Fortnum & Mason store. Later, she waved to the onlookers as she made her exit with a posy of daffodils. (Getty Images)
 

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