Kate Middleton Steps Back As The Queen Has Her Diamond Day

Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake Chooses Corgi Drawing For Queen

The Duchess of Cambridge will join the Queen and Duke as she begins her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK today. The Jubilee tour will take the Queen and her Consort from the Isle of Wight to Birmingham, and from Merthyr Tydfil to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

During todays visit the the Royals will meet local faith and charity representatives and be shown local projects. A visit to De Montfort University is also scheduled. A special treat has been planned where the Duchess and the Queen will get a taste of local projects and charities and watch a fashion show by the students. As part of the events, History of Art graduate, Kate will be presented with six student shoe designs from the college’s highly respected fashion program. Kate will be asked to choose from the designs and one will be produced as a gift to the Duchess. The students, shortlisted by the lecturers at DMU, from more than 100 applications are the cream of this years crop of young designers. They are Sam Sawkill, 27, Summer Spencer, 23, both from Leicester, and Kay Yeng Cheng, 22, from Hinckley, Leicestershire, Tabitha Duffield, 21, from Maidstone, Kent, Becka Hunt, 20, from Peterborough and Mei Chun Lai, 21, from Taiwan.

The Queen will also visit a primary school where she will be presented with a drawing of a Corgi. The competition was judged by celebrated Pop Artist Sir Peter Blake, The creator of the cover of the Beatles “Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. The Monarch will also receive a headscarf designed by a De Montfort University textiles student. Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh will be a given a lenticular, a 3D image of himself driving a horse and carriage. It is set to be a spectacular day with the weather holding out in most parts of the country.

In the late 1950s, Blake became one of the best known British artists working in the new genre Pop Art. His paintings from this time included imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements. Blake was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and had his first solo exhibition in 1960. It was with the ‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition of 1961 where he was exhibited alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj that he was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement. Blake won the (1961) John Moores junior award for his work Self Portrait with Badges. He first came to wider public attention when, along with Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, he was featured in Ken Russell’s Monitor film on pop art, Pop Goes the Easel, which was broadcast on BBC television in 1962. From 1963 Blake was represented by Robert Fraser which placed him at the centre of swinging London and brought him into contact with leading figures of popular culture.

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