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And again this is East Midlands Today.

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We are alive at De Montford University, the first stop-off on

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today's historic tour of Leicester by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh

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and the Duchess a Cambridge for the Diamond Jubilee. Hundreds greeted

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the royal party, the first time the Queen has been there. Some of these

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people have been waiting for six hours, but the party did not

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disappoint. In other news, hundreds of hospital operations are

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cancelled. A shortage of beds leaves patients suffering pain and

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frustration. It grinds you down. It is bone on bone, it is really

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painful. Give us a signer. Why some drivers are running on empty on the

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new A46. Good evening. A day that the city

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of Leicester will not forget a day reflecting Leicester's

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multicultural environment. It was a day a complete joy.

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It was all summed up a song. -- summed up in a song. A day our

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faith, fashion and fondness. Every journey begins with a single step,

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and her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee began as she stepped out of

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Leicester railway station. By her side was the Duchess of Cambridge,

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on her first official engagement on a rain of the Queen. -- on how our

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own with the Queen. They moved onto magazine Square. -- Magazine Square.

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They were greeted by a crowd of 3,000 people. It was really

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exciting to see. It was brilliant. You are waiting for Kate?

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definitely. We saw a blaze of pink. I was so glad I waited. It was

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wonderful to see just a tiny glimpse. It is my first year here.

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Wonderful to have the Queen come and visit. It is great for

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Leicester. When you have one of the world's top style icons, it is time

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to put on a show. Page revealed which one of the designs she wanted

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to wear. It was a 19th century number. It is incredible. I am

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shocked. I was really surprised. Then a site are not seen before,

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the Queen at Leicester Cathedral, the first visit in 60 years. The

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special service was a part to a multicultural ceremony. -- part of

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a multicultural ceremony. Everybody believes in the law should not harm

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his neighbour. Our new neighbours are totally British, and have

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enriched and enhance our communities. -- enhance to our

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communities. To build peace we need understanding. To build

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understanding we need friends. this big day, two small hands of

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friendship. Flowers given to a delighted Duchess and they humbled

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Queen. It was absolutely lovely, it was super. You might have seen a

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lady who is he would be now, you may this year. -- you made it this

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issue. We did it with Our technician, we brought them in

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today. The Duchess cavemen, and we were told who won. It is beatable.

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Where did you get the inspiration. It comes from her engagement ring.

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Of course. I love that nineteenth- century shoes, I thought there are

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quite elegant. The issue might even hit the high street? May be.

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not bad for your first commission. I wanted to come I their hair, and

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meet a gentleman who had a very important role today. You accompany

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the Duchess? I did. Probably about three hours. A wonderful privilege.

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What was she like? Very friendly. I was struck by a the aura that she

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had, the way that she engaged with the crowds. A very popular figure.

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She was so easy to work with, to speak with, and all in all a

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fantastic day. Any insights that you can share? She mentioned the

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sikh drummers. Sh she said she would give the -- she said she

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would love to do that ago. She said she loved Africa, and would like to

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visit India. She is incredibly slim! She is a really good asset to

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the Royal Family. The lunch was very good? It certainly was. I had

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the vegetarian option, it was very nice. We were very well looked

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after. Thank you very much were sharing that with us. You are

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coming back a -- coming back a bit later on.

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Thank you Anne, for the moment. Managers at one of our biggest

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hospital trusts have apologised after having to cancel hundreds of

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operations this year. The NHS in Nottingham says one of the reasons

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is an unforseen increase in frail elderly people needing emergency

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surgery. But, as Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons reports,

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its not the only place under pressure.

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And Maj-Gen get yourself ready for operation, only to be told it is

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put off. At Nottingham's NHS hospitals, 300 top operations were

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cancelled this year. In Leicester, it was 257. In Derby, their only

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cancelled six procedures, they say that is down to planning. Behind

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the figures are the real lives. One lady Mel asked to describe how she

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has been left to waiting in pain. For Hillary, climbing the front

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steps to her front door in Nottingham is very painful. She is

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facing an uphill struggle to get the care she needs. It was bows to

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be done last year, but was postponed. It was due to be carried

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out on Wednesday this week, but she got a phone call saying it was not

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happening. She relies on morphine as she is waiting for the date.

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They grinds you down. It is bone on bone, it is really painful. She is

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not alone, Nottingham's two or hospitals have cancelled over 300

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operations this year. They simply haven't been enough beds. We have

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had to prioritise the use of our beds. We are at capacity.

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Regrettably, we have had to cancel several operations. In many ways,

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this situation is baffling. Last winter there was a huge number of

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swine flu cases, the weather was terrible. This winter has been

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relatively mild. The management of the hospitals is very complex, they

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say it is not about money, the Department of Health has said they

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want to get patients who are ready home quicker. They are making sure

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that they are doing their rounds early, trying to make more

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efficient decisions. I want to see them improving their management, so

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that they can get their medicine and go home and not have to hang

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around. That is inefficient management. With the first signs of

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spring, they hope the pressure will now he's. -- will now he's on the

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system. Members of a teaching union have

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voted to take strike action over plans to introduce a five term year

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in Nottingham. The City Council wants to move from the traditional

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three terms in September. It says it'll improve pupils' education.

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The majority of members of the National Union of teachers in

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Nottingham, who took part in the ballot, voted in favour of striking.

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A company which brought seven hundred jobs to Derby four months

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ago says it now wants to double its workforce. The Hero TSC call centre

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moved into the former Egg building on Pride Park at the end of last

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year. The company's confirmed that it has had interest from firms in

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China and the US, and is now looking to increase the workforce

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to 1,500. Police in Nottingham are using

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smart water to tackle crime in metal theft hotspots. Officers are

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spraying the water on lead flashing and copper pipes at homes in areas

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like Bestwood park and Top Valley. The liquid can only be detected

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under ultraviolet light and includes a unique code that links

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the stolen metal back to the homeowner. There are particular

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areas of Nottingham that have received a lot of metal theft. We

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are targeting those areas, because the thieves are also targeting them.

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We are making it less attractive to steal a product that is forensic

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remarked. -- frenziedly marked A petrol station owner says the new

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A46 in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire is causing problems

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for him - and for drivers. Tarlochan Pabla says takings at his

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fuel station on the old A46 have dropped drastically. And since

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there are no service areas - or even fuel signs - on the new dual

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carriageway, some motorists have been running out of fuel. James

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Roberson reports. This road used to have about 27,000

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vehicles passing down it. Now look at it. With the opening of the new

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A46, it is not good for business is here. This man says the new road

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has made it business drop. We were getting quite busy, but there is

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nothing happening at all now. Locals say there is away 30 miles

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stretch with no direct access to feel. The A46 goes around the town,

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and that the new road begins, as you progress southwards, there is

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no sign of a filling station. Finally after around the 27 miles

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you reach a petrol station. Drivers have been running out of fuel on

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the A46, and walking to service stations. You have to come off to

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find or petrol. A doesn't help. I would like to get caught on there.

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The Highways Agency told us there is no proposal for a service area

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on the new stretch of road. Safety of road users is our top priority.

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We have provided for signs. We may be entitled to a sign, at a cost of

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around 45,000 to �85,000. This news section should bring the car's back,

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Scientists in the East Midlands have made a major breakthrough in

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the way kidneys are transplanted. A patient from Grantham is one of the

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first in the world to undergo a new procedure. It means recipients

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should get healthier organs, as Nigel Parker from cramp them had

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his first kidney transplant in 1982. Now he has had another using a new

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technique which involves using oxygenated blood. He is now feeling

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full of life again. You are just normal, what an everyday person

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takes for granted. A fantastic opportunity and I am lucky I have

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been given two opportunities. Kidney Feydeau can happen at any

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time to anybody of any age. human trials have been funded by

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Kidney Research UK and carried out at Leicester General Hospital. This

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pig's kidney demonstrates the process of repairing the organ.

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we reintroduce oxygen, the metabolism starts again and it can

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replenish its stores, so when it is transplanted, it can get going

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immediately. It is hoped Nigel will be the first of many who will

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benefit from longer-lasting and healthier kidneys.

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The it's not just the Queen's Diamond Jubilee making this such a

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big year for Britain. There's the small matter of the Olympics as

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well. And many of the vital qualifying events are now well

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underway. With news on that, and the rest of the sport, here's Colin

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Hazelden. The star tonight at the British

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swimming Jan bishops could be young Molly Renshaw. The 15-year-old from

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Ripley won her heat in Star yesterday. Top two in today's final

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will make her baby in the Olympic team.

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The stunning and the home team Giants, the last coming right on

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the hooter. The home were is this Tuesday.

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In rugby, there will be no Toby Flood in tomorrow's semi-final with

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Bath. He was released by England this week. It is a gamble, you

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don't send your strongest side down to Bath at the weekend. But you

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take the risk on have read your guys fresh for the Premiership.

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Back to the Olympics, badminton space between Chris Adcock and

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Nathan Robertson is heating up. They both won their first round

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games. With a shock for the world champions.

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He Colin Hazelden reporting. That's about it from those of us in the

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studio. It's time to return to Leicester, a city that today kicked

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off the Queen's Jubilee Tour with huge style and enthusiasm. Anne's

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there for us now. Enthusiasm was off the scale. One

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thing I am sad I missed was the fashion show. You worried graduate

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from the University. In fashion design. Their big day for you?

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It's not every day you exhibit your designs before the Royal Family.

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Four you were chosen to put your collections on the cat walk. Where

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were you? We were backstage, prepping our models. Did the Queen

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enjoy it? We kept getting tweets saying she looked like she was

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enjoying it. Let us look at your outfit. What are you up to? You

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designed a jacket and skirt. After graduation, I was selected to show

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in London Fashion Week. After that, I had a keen interest in my

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collection so I am hoping to open my own business. Thank you, good

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luck. One of the places the Queen went to was the clock tower.

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They crowd started arriving early, some people arriving at 6am.

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have been here since 9:30am. excited are you? Very excited.

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brought my daughter to the Goulding wedding when she was six. Now she

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is 16. She is bringing flowers again to give to Kate and to the

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Queen. I can't wait to see what she is wearing. I'm so glad she came to

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Leicester. As time ticked by, excitement mounted. I can't wait.

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Very excited. You have come prepared. Food, hot drinks, we're

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here for the day. In some places, crowds were a dozen deep. People

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were waiting at windows, anything to get a glimpse of the royal party.

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For some it has been a long time since they saw the Queen. 1952, in

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Kenya. The last time? Yes. When she became Queen. In 1952 in Kenya, I

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was 10 years old. I am a proud here, being British. But for others, it

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was their first time seeing Her Majesty. For Henry, he may not

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remember it. It is a piece of history, it has been years since

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she has been here. I don't know how old Henry will be next time she

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comes. Then, the royal party, the crowds cheered, flags were waved,

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photographers from around the world clicked away, smiles all round as

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the Queen, Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the

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clock tower. They were met by the Mayor of Leicester, and a troupe of

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Some of these people have been here for six hours, but the royal party

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were worth the wait. You gave Kate your tulips. What did she say?

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she loved to lips. We went over to the cathedral and waited there and

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saw them going in. But never thought that they would actually

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stopped just here. It has been absolutely amazing. I think we have

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all lived this dream, to see Kate and the Queen, this will go down in

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the history of Coventry. So, an epic day for the city, as the Queen

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started her Jubilee Tour of the country, a day many here simply

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will not forget. No one is going to forget. The Vice

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Chancellor of De Montfort University, what a day. We served

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2000 free breakfasts before the afternoon came. Her Majesty loved

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the show. You could see the way Her Majesty and Kate were talking to

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each other, they were relaxed in each other's company. That came

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over, their friendliness. One of the items, Her Majesty said, am not

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sure I could wear that. Kate said she could. The highlight?

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Majesty looking at the show. There are a couple of other people over

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here. Chelsea who presented her painting to the Queen. The Queen's

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Dock. It took me one-hour to draw it. -- dog. The Queen said it was

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very good. Can we actually see it, can you hold it up. It is beautiful.

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Do you think you will be an artist? The first commission, to the Queen,

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not bad. For over here. Professor Martin

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Richardson. That was presented to the Duke of Edinburgh, a hologram.

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It is a lenticular. Quite different to a hologram. We specialise in

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both. This particular image is of the Duke, 15 years ago. He still

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looks fantastic. This is what you are working on? We are leading the

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way in three-dimensional research for television and film. I think I

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might be out of a job! We can sort something out for you! It has been

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a tremendous day. A huge day for Leicester and I am very proud to be

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Now it's time for the weather. Her Majesty should be very happy

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with me for making sure her beautiful hat did not get wet today.

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This evening, staying dry, but cloudy and mild. This was the

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sunset this evening. Thank you for the photo.

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You have probably heard there is a chance of seeing the Northern

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Lights tonight, due to this Serna stomp around the Earth at the

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moment. Unfortunately it looks like there will be a fair amount of

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cloud over the UK. The most prone to spot for seeing the northern

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light will be in the north of the UK. They may be some breaks in the

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cloud for us. You may be lucky. Take a photo it if you possibly can.

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The cloud will build in tomorrow morning. Temperatures on the lower

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side. Friday, a pretty cloudy day over all. If you were sunny spells

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compared to today. Mainly dry. A week weather front will bring some

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drizzly outbreaks. At times, feeling wet. 12 Celsius. This is

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the theme over the coming days as high pressure builds in over the UK.

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Saturday it is looking like another dry day. Fairly cloudy, brighter

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spells. The best of the sunshine will be on Sunday. High-pressure

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taking a hold over the UK. A decent amount of sunshine, temperatures up

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The weather shone on Leicester today in every sense. If you could

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have bottled the atmosphere in the city, it would have sold right

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round the world. It was a day no- one there will ever forget. From

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