Queen and Kate add sparkle to Diamond Jubilee visit
The Queen and Kate make quite a pair when they're out on the town. Despite 56 years difference in age, they seem to share a natural bond with the crowds that greet them.
They also put on a pretty good fashion show.
The Queen and future queen were joined by Prince William on Wednesday for a visit to Nottingham in the East Midlands of the UK. The Queen's usual partner, Prince Philip, is still in London, recuperating at home from a bladder infection that landed him in hospital for five days last week.
The hectic pace of Diamond Jubilee celebrations last week hasn't seemed to slow down the 86-year-old Queen, or weakened the enthusiastic response of her subjects when she arrives on the scene. A crowd estimated at 35,000 packed the city square as the Queen and her Will-Kate sidekicks did a walkabout on the street (among the flowers presenters was Isabelle Weall, 8, right photo) and then waved from the balcony of Council House. The crowd then broke into 'God Save the Queen' and offered three cheers.
The smiling Queen stood out in her matching turquoise Stewart Parvin suit and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. Kate recycled the blue tweed Missoni coat she wore on a visit with the Queen and Camilla several months ago, adding a navy blue hat by Trevor-Morgan.
The Queen had travelled to Nottingham from Sandringham via Royal Train while Will and Kate drove to meet her at the station. As they waited for the monarch's arrival, several people on the opposite side of the tracks were seen waving flags.
"Are you waiting for the same train we are?" William shouted.
The Prince kept up the one-liners later when they joined dignitarites at Nottingham's Council House.
The mayor of Broxtowe, Margaret Handley, related to the Daily Mail one of the exchanges with William: "Somebody said to him, 'You look taller in person,' and he said 'I'm not wearing my high heels today.'"
The royal trio had several stops to make during the day, including a sports field at Vernon Park, where the Queen unveiled a plaque for the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge, a charity that creates recreational spaces.
In a speech, Prince William sang the praises of the charity and especially his grandmother, for “the extraordinary devotion and love (she) had shown to the people of this country and the Commonwealth.”
Queen Elizabeth is flanked by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Council House in Nottingham on Wednesday during a visit to the East Midlands. Below, Will and Kate try their hand at throwing foam javelins as they took part in children's sports events at Vernon Park. (AFP/GettyImages)
Queen Elizabeth is presented with flowers during the visit to Nottingham. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth meets beauty queens during a visit to the Olympic swimming pool and the Cube at Corby on the latest leg of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the east Midlands on Wednesday. (AFP/Getty Images)