Kate Middleton, Queen Kick Off Diamond Jubilee Tour in Style
Kate Middleton stepped out with the queen today, helping the monarch officially kick off her Diamond Jubilee tour in celebration of 60 years on the throne.
The 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge joined the queen on a jam-packed day of public events in the English city of Leicester, where crowds of well-wishers lined the streets waving flags, toting flowers and gifts for the royals.
Middleton, now a worldwide style icon, sported a sophisticated teal ensemble by one of her favorite designers L.K. Bennett, cinching the suit jacket at the waist with a belt to create a flattering peplum effect. She topped off the look with a hat, just like the queen, who wore a pink and black hat that matched her cashmere dress and overcoat, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
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The pair, along Prince Philip, arrived in Leicester after an hour-long train ride from London's St. Pancras station and made their first stop at De Montfort University, where they watched a dance performance. Then, the ladies headed to a student fashion show at the university. (Prince Philip skipped out on the show, paying a visit instead to a university-organized program called the Square Mile Project, which supports the community of Leicester).
Seated in the front row, of course, the royals watched as the graduate students' designs were modeled on the catwalk.
Middleton, who made a solo visit to the university's esteemed footwear design program last month and reviewed shoe designs submitted by students, announced the winner of the competition. She picked 20-year-old Becka Hunt's 19 th-century inspired design as her favorite out of the six finalists. The winning blue suede pump, adorned with crème lace and an open front, was created with Middleton in mind, the designer said, echoing the color of Middleton's sparkling engagement ring. It will be custom-made for the duchess to wear on future occasions.
At the city's 300-year-old cathedral, where the royals attended a church service, Middleton shook hands with throngs of admirers and reportedly confided in one how she was faring without her husband Prince William, who is away in the Falkland Islands completing his Royal Air Force deployment.
According to the Sun, when asked about William, Middleton said she missed him "terribly" but that she was "being well looked after."
The final stop was a ceremony at Leicester's Clock Tower where the city unveiled a plaque in the queen's honor.
The queen will travel to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Isle of Wight, as her Jubilee tour continues into the summer.