Duchess of Cambridge chooses Leicester student's shoe design

Becka Hunt
Image caption Becka Hunt said her shoes were inspired by the duchess's engagement ring

A Leicester fashion student has had a flying start to her career after being chosen to design a pair of shoes for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Becka Hunt, 20, from Peterborough, won a competition set up as part of the Diamond Jubilee visit to De Montfort University.

Six footwear design degree students presented their plans to Catherine.

Ms Hunt's shoes - inspired by Catherine's engagement ring - will be made up and worn by the future queen.

Catherine's chosen shoes were blue suede high heels with cream lace beading and an open front.

Image caption The shoes will now be made up and worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

As well as taking ideas from the duchess's ring, Ms Hunt said the shoes were a modern take on 19th Century fashions.

'Fashion icon'

"I'm in shock still - it means everything and it is a massive thing for my career," she said.

"I don't know where exactly it (career) will go, but as long as I'm designing shoes I'll be happy.

"She is the biggest fashion icon. Everyone looks at what she is wearing constantly and she always looks amazing."

Professor Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor of De Montfort University, said the win was a "huge honour and magnificent opportunity" for Ms Hunt.

Image caption The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge watched a fashion show by graduates at De Montfort University

"When asked who their first commission was for at their first job interview, she will be able to reply, 'The Duchess of Cambridge, the world's leading fashion icon'."

Catherine, is visiting the city along with the Queen and Prince Phillip on the first date of the UK Diamond Jubilee tour.

The royal party also attended a multi-faith service at the cathedral before being taken for lunch at St Martin's House where they were served locally-produced food by teenagers from Leicester College.

The Queen will return to the East Midlands for a visit to Nottingham on 13 June, with the tour due to finish on 25 July in the south east of England.

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