- (Photo: Reuters)
- (Photo: Reuters)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, have kicked off the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour on Thursday.
The Royals appeared far more stylish than any other commuter traveling by train in London, and attracted huge attention at St Pancras Station in central London as they traveled to Leicester.
The Duchess wore an eggplant-colored suit by L.K. Bennett, while Queen Elizabeth donned a cerise cashmere dress and coat trimmed in black by designer Angela Kelly. Both the Duchess and Queen wore hats by James Lock.
Prince Phillip and the Duke of Cambridge joined Catherine and the Queen as they visited various areas of the city. The Royals greeted fans as photos were snapped and cheers rang out from the crowd.
The Queen and Kate then watched a student fashion parade at De Montfort University before stopping by De Montfort Square. The Queen also met various faith leaders while William and Kate met outreach workers along their travels in the country.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60th year on the British throne this year, marking her Diamond Jubilee year. She is only the second British monarch to reach a Diamond Jubilee. Only Queen Victoria celebrated 60 years on the throne in 1897.
In 1977, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 25 year Silver Jubilee, and her 50 year Golden Jubilee arrived in 2002.
The 85-year-old Queen will travel throughout Britain with her husband to mark the jubilee. In the meantime, her children and grandchildren will travel to Commonwealth countries. Will and Kate will visit Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu, while Prince Harry will see Belize.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will tour Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand.
This summer the royal family will fully celebrate the queen's Diamond Jubilee. Festivities from June 2nd to the 5th will include a flotilla on the River Thames and a concert at Buckingham Palace.