The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted she is missing her husband Prince William ‘terribly’ as she took part in her first full day of royal engagements at the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK tour.
Kate’s comments about the Duke of Cambridge, currently deployed as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot in the South Atlantic, came as she joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in Leicester. Well-wisher Laura Murphy, 30, spoke to the Duchess of Cambridge after she attended a service at Leicester Cathedral.
‘I said “how’s William?” and she said “he’s fine – I’m missing him terribly”,’ Ms Murphy said, adding the Duchess said she was ‘being well looked after’ in her husband’s absence.
The Queen arrived in Leicester by train with her husband and granddaughter-in-law, touring De Montfort University before visiting the city’s cathedral for the first time. Cheering crowds several rows deep waving union flags greeted the royals throughout their trip, with Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby saying he was ‘proud’ the Diamond Jubilee Tour – set to run until July – had begun in the city.
While at De Montfort University, the Queen – wearing a cerise cashmere dress and coat with black trim by Angela Kelly and a matching hat – and Kate – who wore a suit by LK Bennett, hat by James Lock and Episode shoes – watched a fashion show. The Duchess later selected student designer Beckha Hunt, 20, as the winner of a competition to design shoes for her.
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