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Pretty in pink

- March 8th, 2012
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The Queen looks at performers at De Montfort University during a visit to Leicester, central England, on Thursday. (Photo: Oli Scarff/REUTERS)

The Queen was looking lovely in pink on Thursday as she kicked off her Diamond Jubliee tour of the U.K., with the Duchess of Cambridge by her side. Prince Philip was also there for the first part of the celebrations, but left midway through.

Thousands were out as the Queen and Catherine stepped out in central England.

The Queen’s four-month tour will take her through England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Full celebrations to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne will take place in London in June.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sits beside the Queen on Thursday during a visit to central London. (Photo: Zak Hussein/WENN.com)

Other tour news: Thanks to commentor Mona for pointing out the Earl and Countess of Essex were recently on a tour of the West Indies (Feb. 21 to March 7). You can see a full report about their visit on the British Monarchy’s website, and view photos at the official Flickr account.

Highlights for Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, included a stop at a music school, listening to the Barbados police band, attending a national youth rally in Grenada, and meeting children in Trinidad.

Prince Charming

- March 8th, 2012

There is no doubt about it – Prince Harry’s Diamond Jubilee tour (and his first solo tour) has been a hit.

Harry has been charming everyone in Belize, Jamaica, and Bahamas. No doubt that will continue as he heads to Brazil Friday.

We’ve seen him make speeches, dedicate a street to his granny, take part in a military exercise, and enjoy the festive atmosphere of these Central American countries – without becoming tabloid fodder.

These were perhaps the best countries to send a single, fun-loving royal for his first tour.

But, let’s be honest, even if it is Harry and even if he is having fun, royal tours are a bit boring. The royals go places, they smile, they make speeches that aren’t going to rock the world, and then they leave.

So instead of telling you about his tour, let’s look at some photos: