Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, had the honor of joining Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for an event this morning. The trio, along with various royal minders, arrived at London's St. Pancras station to board a train to the city of Leicester. Once they arrived, the queen, Kate, and the prince met with well-wishers and officially kicked off the first day of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK. While the queen wore a bright dress from Angela Kelly, Kate wore a suit from LK Bennett, one of her favorite High Street shops, and a hat by James Lock with Episode shoes.
In Leicester, the group parted ways initially. Kate and the queen watched a fashion presentation at De Montfort University, and Prince Philip checked out a community building project from other students. Kate, the queen, and Prince Philip reunited later for a service at Leicester Cathedral and lunch. This is the first of many jam-packed days for the queen as she gears up to spend the next few months traveling her nation on the Jubilee tour. Her grandson, Prince Harry, is off spreading the family message in Latin and South American, while Prince William serves the country as part of the Royal Air Force. Kate and the queen have attended events together previously, making the Duchess of Cambridge among the first women who married into the royal family to have been invited to press events with the queen during her early years of being a royal.