William and Kate actually drove up from Anglesey for the appearance. Below we see HM being greeted, the Duke and Duchess are about to step out of the car transporting them from the train station, where they met up with the Queen.
Unfortunately the Duke of Edinburgh was not able to join the group as originally planned, he continues to recover from an infection. The Queen wore a lovely silk tweed Stewart Parvin coat and dress in a rich aqua.
The crowds were enormous in Old Market Square.
Some may recall this is a piece Kate purchased at the Bicester Village outlet mall. Another look at Kate and the Queen via Esmik D’Aguiar’s Twitter feed.
No doubt some will recognize Kate’s diamond and sapphire earrings, the pair we believe was refashioned from a pair of Princess Diana’s earrings. She also wore her blue Zara dress underneath the tweed coat, this is at least the fourth time we’ve seen that garment.
Many of the day’s activities were at Vernon Park.
… it was back to the day job for the monarch who unveiled a plaque at Vernon Park in Basford to mark a Fields in Trust project, which preserves parks as recreational spaces, during the first leg of her two-day visit to the East Midlands.
More on the trip to the park from the BBC’s story:
The royal party then travelled to Vernon Park, where the prince made his official jubilee tribute.
He said: “The occasion presents the perfect opportunity for me, through my patronage of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields, to pay tribute to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.
“On behalf of Fields in Trust, thank you so much Your Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh for everything you have done throughout your reign to protect these vital outdoor places for the nation.
Here we see the group at the park, with thanks to CNN’s Max Foster for his wonderful photos.
She also wore her LK Bennett ‘Art’ pumps, initially seen for the couple’s visit to Darwen Academy, most recently worn for Kate’s visit with the Olympic hockey team in March (our story is here).
Another look at the group assembled for the official presentations, our thanks again to CNN’s Max Foster.
Prince William during the walkabout, with thanks to jasminbahia’s Instagram feed.
And a side look at Kate’s partial updo, again with thanks to Jasmin Bahia. This also gives you a slight perspective of what Kate is looking at when at a function of this kind.
Some shared their delight at meeting the royals via Twitter.
Here we see Kate chatting with some of the thousands who came out for the event.
Among those on hand, the Nottingham Scouts, they formed part of the welcoming group at Old Market Square and inside the Council House, in addition to help out at the park, the group shared this photo.
Kate also helped the Scouts put up a tent.
Our brief list of additional stories and sites with photos and video:
- A Picasa photo album is here, there are loads of fabulous pictures
- The Daily Mail’s story is loaded with photos, it may be found here
- The Reuters video story is here
- The Mirror’s story is also laden with great photos and details, it is here
- The Telegraph’s video of Prince William’s tribute to the Queen is here
And with thanks to WKW Facebook friend Misty for the tip, probably the cutest video of the day from ITN is the one titled “Royals: William & Kate Greet Queen on Arrival in Nottingham,” click here to get to ITN’s main royal video page and scroll down for this story, you’ll love it.
It looked like a wildly successful visit for the Queen, as well as William and Kate. The Duchess looked lovely while also demonstrating through her understated ensemble that she has no interest whatsoever in trying to upstage HM.
A reminder that Trooping the Colour is this Saturday, that is the next time we expect to see Kate, as well as other royals.