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OTRC: Kate Middleton to judge shoe design competition

Kate Middleton, known formally as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will put her fashion icon status to good use, as a judge in a design competition put on by De Montfort University's renowned footwear design program.

The student's submissions were designed specifically for Middleton and she will receive a pair of her top choice, which she will pick when she visits Leicester on March 8 for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee tour.

Six students were chosen from over 100 submissions and include a design inspired by Prince William's coat of arms and another inspired by her sapphire engagement ring.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the thrones of seven countries, following the death of her father, King George VI on February 6, 1952. The tour will be Middleton's first public engagement with the Queen.

During their visit to Leicester, the Queen is set to receive a picture of a Corgi drawn by an elementary school student, in another competition to be judged by artist Sir Peter Blake. Meanwhile, The Duke of Edinburgh will receive a 3D picture of himself driving a horse and carriage.

The duchess has been making various charity appearances while William is away in the Falkland Islands working as an RAF search and rescue helicopter co-pilot.

Kate recently celebrated her 30th birthday with a "low-key and private" affair. She is several months older than her husband, who will turn 30 in June. The two will celebrate their one-year anniversary in April.

Kate was voted to be one of the "Most Trusted Celebrities" last year and she also made the list of the Most Desirable Woman of 2012.

Which shoe design submission do you like best? Watch ABC News' video below and vote in our poll.

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