of people have turned out to welcome the Queen in Leicester - the first
stop on her regional Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK. Prince Philip, Duke
of Edinburgh, and the Duchess of Cambridge accompanied Her Majesty on the
visit. According to a Sky News report,
Kate wore High Street fashion again - a teal blue dress and matching
jacket from LK Bennett. And blue seems to be one of her favourite colours.
At the first stop of the visit, at De Montfort University, Kate picked out
a shoe design in blue to be hand-made especially for her. Six students
were competing for the honour, but it was 20-year-old Becka Hunt's shoe
that won. Becka, from Peterborough, said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed,
excited and amazed.
"The attention I have had since I was
announced as the winner is all a little scary to be honest, but I have to
say it has been great fun and hopefully this will be good for a future
career." Crowds packed the narrow streets around the city's cathedral
waving Union flags and cheering as the royal cars pulled up.
chatted to primary school children who had waited several hours to see
her. One said she was "very skinny and very beautiful" another said she
was "very kind". The royals attended a Christian-based service at
Leicester Cathedral and had lunch of locally-reared lamb before signing
the visitor's book. There were signs of the easy and warm relationship
between the three royals as they did so.
After the Queen had
signed her name, "Elizabeth R", the Duke stepped forward and just as he
was about to put pen to paper - using his own pen which he removed from
his pocket -his wife lightly batted his hand away to direct him to a
different area of the paper. After signing "Catherine", Kate put the pen
down and was just about to walk away when the duke motioned to her that
she had used and was just about to leave his pen.
peals of laughter from people gathered in the foyer as she darted forward
to pick it up and, with a broad smile, handed it back to the duke saying:
"Oh, sorry." The royals were presented with more gifts of flowers and
cards as they left the building and got into a waiting car to go on to
their final stop in the city centre.
Here, mayor of Leicester Sir
Peter Soulsby said it was a "tremendous honour" to welcome the Queen to
the city and presented her with a gift of a photo album. In turn, the
Queen unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit before heading back to the
train station for the journey to London.