JUBILEE TOUR: Kate-mania! Crowds cheer for Duchess of Cambridge during royal visit to Leicester
Delighted crowds shouted "We love you, Kate" as the royal family's latest star made her first official visit to Leicester yesterday.
A massive crowd gathered at De Montfort University to greet the Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in an elegant teal suit, the Queen and Prince Philip.
Catherine, who chatted with the multitude of well-wishers, was accompanying the Queen on the first stop of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.
In a touching personal moment in the city centre, she confided to a member of the crowd that Prince William, who is serving with the RAF in the Falkland Islands, was fine but she was "missing him terribly".
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The crowds were 11-deep in places as thousands of people turned out around the city to catch a sight of the royals as they visited the university, Leicester Cathedral and the Clock Tower.
While the Queen was the star of the show, there was no doubting the extra excitement caused by the appearance of the future queen.
Riaz Ravat, 34, from the Church-run St Philip's Centre, in Evington, Leicester, escorted the Duchess during the visit to the cathedral.
He said: "This has been an historic day.
"We have set a great example for the start of the jubilee tour and I think all the other cities will have a job matching us."
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "It was an absolutely brilliant day for Leicester. What we saw was Leicester at its best."
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