And the Duchess of Cambridge Express keeps in rolling, this stop was Leicester and oh boy, it looked like a lot of fun. It was a big day for the former Kate Middleton, who had been asked by the Queen to accompany her and Prince Philip to the official launch of the Diamond Jubilee. It would have been understandable if she had been nervous, but true to form, the Duchess of Cambridge took the visit in her stride, looking completely at home alongside her grandparents-in-law on her first official solo visit with them.
For the occasion, Kate opted for her tried and tested style of LK Bennett. The beautifully fitted jacket has a narrow nipped-in waist, open tucked collar and kick-pleat detailing at the back. It was made from soft wool and originally cost £295/$475. The 'Kate effect' was in full swing as within minutes of the design being reported, LK Bennett online and stockist John Lewis both sold out. The fabulous What Kate Wore had already even predicted this as a fashion choice for Kate back in November last year.
Image via John Lewis website
Underneath the jacket, Kate wore the LK Bennett Davina dress also in Teal, £225. It's made from crepe and has ruching down the left side which softens the silhouette but the asymmetrically cut neckline keeps it modern. The teal shade is no longer available but if you're a fan, there's eight other shades to choose from including a magnificent magenta which I am loving.
Image via John Lewis website
Kate also wore a fabulous black hat by Lock & Co Hatters, and if you remember, the company's Sylvia Fletcher designed the show-stopping maple leaf hat Kate wore on the Royal Tour of Canada. I'm not sure who was first to identify the hat but mention must go to WKW FB fan Melissa who identified it as the Fiary Tale style on the Lock & Co website. It costs £285/$450 and is available in eight different colours.
Kate finished her look with black shoes by Episode (no longer available), a black clutch and those sparkling Kiki McDonough earrings that William is believed to have given her for Christmas.
Image via De Montfort university facebook page
And check out those crowds! Outside te city's De Montford's University, crowds tried to catch a glimpse of the royal trio. The Queen, who you can see on the left-hand side, wore fuschia cashmere dress and coat by Angela Kelly. After watching a dance performance, the Queen and Kate attended a fashion show. Kate also picked a winning shoe design by student Becka Hunt - talk about life-changing moment. The colour and design of the blue shoes were inspired by both the Duchess' engagement ring and nineteenth century fashions with an ornate white floral pattern with pearl detail. The design will now be made into a pair of shoes and I'm already looking forward to hearing about when they're presented to the Duchess.
Image via DeMontfort University
Fashion fans seemed to love Kate's choice of style and colour and @MrsRegalEyes on Twitter suggesting that maybe the teal was a subtle nod the Kate's Scouting ssociation. What do you think? A number of Leicestershire Scouts attended the event at the request of Buckingham Palace no less, read more about their excitement of meeting the Duchess on their website here.
Photo via Leicestershire Scouts
ITN has lots of videos from the Leicester visit here including the fashion show or watch the Daily Telegraph's report of the day's events below: