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Kate accompanies queen to kick off Diamond Jubilee celebrations

March 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Queen Elizabeth II has kicked off her Diamond Jubilee tour accompanied by none other than the former Kate Middleton.

The queen, her husband Philip, and the duke of Edinburgh and Kate were at Leicester's De Montfort University on Thursday.

After touring the university, the queen and the Duchess of Cambridge were treated to a student fashion show.

Before leaving, they also visited a shoe studio, where six fashion students were asked to design a shoe for Kate. The duchess will choose her favorite, which she has promised to wear.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrates Queen Elizabeth II being on the throne for 60 years. As part of the celebration, the queen and her husband were expected to visit Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.