May 18, 2012
Preparation for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
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March 22, 2012
Photo via Hello Magazine
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Member of Parliament, Michael Ellis, thought up the idea for the elaborate stained-glass window presented to the Queen on Tuesday, in honor of the Diamond Jubilee, reports the Telegraph. The window, which was created from 1,500 pieces of glass, is to be installed in Westminster Hall later this year during a planned restoration.
The project was a collaborative effort in both funding and creation. Personal contributions from both Houses across political parties payed for the project, while a variety of draftsmen, painters and technicians worked under the direction of British artist John Reyntiens to physically create the piece of art.
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February 28, 2012
Photo of Duchess via Getty; Sketch Photos via Raymond Press Partnership; collage work by Elspeth Lodge
The Duchess of Cambridge is to receive a special present when she begins her Diamond Jubilee tour duties as a member of the royal family next week; when she arrives in Leicester on March.8 with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh by her side, she will be presented with six sketches of shoes created by students of De Montfort University (in the schools renowned footwear design course), say sources. Kate will choose her favorite design of the six; a design which will then be made into a real pair of shoes especially for the Duchess. According to the Daily Mail, there were over 100 students that applied for the chance to show their sketches to the Duchess.
Take a look below at some of the shoes the Duchess has worn on past royal engagements.
Photo collage of Kate's shoes via catherine-duchessofcambridge.tumblr.com
Kate will not be alone in receiving a gift during the visit to Leicester, however: “The Queen will be presented with a picture of a Corgi drawn by a primary school pupil in a competition to be judged by celebrated artist Sir Peter Blake,” reports the Daily Mail. “She will also receive a headscarf designed by a De Montfort University textiles student.” And “The Duke of Edinburgh will be a given a lenticular – a 3D image – of himself driving a horse and carriage.”
When the royal party arrives in the area, the trio will be greeted by a crowd of 8,000 at Magazine Square. Here, the Queen and Kate will witness a fashion show created by four 2011 graduates of the university. The Duke of Edinburgh (who probably has less of an interest in fashion than the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge) will meet staff and students involved in university’s Square Mile Project— an endeavor which aims to improve the lives in Fosse Road North, Tudor Road, Woodgate and Newfoundpool.
This is a landmark event, as it will be the first time the Duchess and the Queen have been on a public engagement together.
Photo of Duchess and the Queen via poponthepop