Dressed in a brilliant cerise and black cashmere coat and dress with matching hat, The Queen embarked on the first date of her Royal Tour of the UK with a visit to the City of Leicester.
The Queen, accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and the graceful Catherine Middleton, was met by crowds of well-wishers waving union jacks, as she stepped off the train at Leicester Railway Station.
Leicester was the perfect host city and had planned a fantastic programme for the Royal visitors. A cultural dance routine in De Montfort Square, a fashion show, a tour of a University community project aimed at improving local people’s lives, and a Hindu Holi Festival performance, were some of the highlights.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge also attended a service at Leicester Cathedral. As the service ended the huge crowd outside the Cathedral began to sing ‘God Save the Queen’.
In this remarkable Diamond Jubilee year, The Queen will visit all parts of the UK in series of Royal Tours, which will take place over a four-month period and culminate in a visit to the South East of England on 25 July 2012.
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Image: Queen Elizabeth II escorted by The Bishop of Leicester meets members of the public during a walkabout at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday 8 March 2012. Photo: (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)