Kate Middleton to join the Queen for Leicester Diamond Jubilee visit

Seal of approval: the Duchess of Cambridge will accompany the Queen during her first Diamond Jubilee engagement
Seal of approval: the Duchess of Cambridge will accompany the Queen during her first Diamond Jubilee engagement©Rex Features

The Duchess of Cambridge will accompany the Queen as she begins her Diamond Jubilee tour in the UK in March, with details of the official visit to Leicester being announced today.

Catherine, better known as Kate, will travel alongside Queen Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) by train to Leicester on March 8 for the first Jubilee engagement.

While there, the royal trio will meet various faith and charity projects and speak to their representatives.

Kate and the Queen will break away from the group to pay a visit to De Montfort university, where they will enjoy a student fashion show and get the chancae to find out more about local projects and charities.

The Duke of Edinburgh meanwhile will visit the Square Mile project, a programme which is run by the university to help improve the life and surroundings of the local community.

The Queen, Philip and Kate will join up once again to attend a Christian service of worship, with participation from other faiths at the cathedral.

Then after a spot of lunch, the royals are to receive a gift from the city, before being treated to performance based on the theme of the Holi Festival - a Hindu celebration to mark the arrival of spring - entitled "60 colours".

It's sure to be an exciting trip - especially for new royal Kate. Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said the city will offer the royals a “day to remember”.

"I am very proud that Leicester will be the first stop on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour,” he said.

"Leicester has an excellent reputation for hosting celebrations and I am confident we will give the royal party a day to remember."

Kate’s invitation to join the Queen on such an important official engagement is testament to their growing relationship.

The Queen is known to be very close to Kate, who married her beloved grandson William in April last year, and has been working closely with her as she settles into royal life.

The duchess is believed to have been invited to Buckingham Palace where the Queen has been giving her ‘lessons’ on the importance and protocol of royal engagements, and helping her move seamlessly into her new role as the Duchess of Cambridge.

An insider told the Daily Mail: “The Queen has developed a great affection for Kate and wants her to feel fully supported.

“She knows how big a step carrying out official duties will be for Kate and has offered to have regular meetings to make sure she feels prepared.”

In addition to the Leicester trip with Kate, the Queen and Prince Philip will travel around the UK from March to July by car, royal train, aircraft and the ship Leander, with the engagements drawing to a close in England on July 25.

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