Yesterday the Queen and Prince Philip kicked off their Jubilee Tour of the UK in Leicester. The royal couple intend to visit all of the major cities between now and July, and they brought Kate with them to help kick things off.
Do you think Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie wish they could have days out like this with their grandparents? Yes, there have been reports that Princess Beatrice is on the hunt for employment but we find it hard to believe that that is her preference over being a working royal, which is what Prince Andrew would like for his daughters. Check out our articles here and here on how the Queen and Princes Charles are trying to streamline the royal family and what impact that will have on Beatrice. It will be interesting to see what she ends up doing.
Anyway, Kate must have been drained after being “on” all day. Of course, Her Majesty and Prince Philip must have been, too, but with Kate it was an especially significant day. All in all, it was a success without any significant misshaps and no major gaffes from Prince Philip.
The Queen looked ready for spring in her pink and black Angela Kelly coat (which had a floral brooch) and hat. Kate wore a ’40’s inspired LK Bennet dress and top that came complete with a peplum, a trend we’re seeing more and more of these days. Kate bought the outfit from the LK Bennet store located in Duke of York Square last December just before her first Christmas at Sandringham. Since there were up to 5(!) outfit changes a day during that visit, she probably wore this there. If the thrifty Queen noticed that she’d seen Kate’s outfit before, she would have given that a thumbs up.
We thought Kate would wear a hat, and this simple black one from John Lock was perfect. It’s not too big – a brimmed hat wouldn’t have looked right – and wasn’t too small like a feathery fascinatory would have been. Nice!
It’s very simililar to the hat that Kate wore to a wedding back in January 2010. We tried this hat on at the John Lewis department store in London a few months ago (it also comes in leopard print!) and loved it. Actually, this one would have worked very well today. Maybe she thought the stick thing was a bit much and went for the new flower one instead…
In the last couple of years in particular, Princess Mary and Princess Marie of Denmark have both had a similar vintage millinery style which may have inspired Kate. They look so classy and chic:
Here’s Princess Mary:
and her sister in law Princess Marie:
Love ’em all. But back to Leicester. Here are some favourite pictures from today’s engagements:
Oodles of patriotic people showed up and waved their flags:
Kate and the Queen chatted through a student fashion show at De Montfort University:
On the way in, Kate said to Lord Waheed Alli, the University Chancellor, “I’ve been to a fashion show before.” He replied, “I know. I saw it on the news this morning.” Of course, they were referring to this St. Andrew’s University show. How things have changed since then:
And we can’t forget Philip. He was looking like he’s made a good recovery from his health scare over Christmas.