SHE is known to have a keen eye for fashion.

So it was no wonder when Princess Beatrice expressed her delight to Huddersfield University students when they put on a sneak preview of their end of term show for her yesterday.

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The 24-year-old royal, who is fifth in line to the throne at the moment, chatted animatedly with many of the fashion and costume design students at the University.

Her Royal Highness had arrived in Huddersfield after opening Trinity Academy in Shay Lane, Halifax.

The princess was wearing a navy blue jacket over a white blouse and a royal blue skirt with navy blue shoes.

But she was fascinated by some of the more outlandish costumes designed and worn by the students, which went on show during a lunch yesterday.

And she spent several minutes chatting with each of the students after the show.

University spokesman John Ramsdin said: "She is well-known for her sense of fashion and it showed in her reaction to the display.

"The university has a celebrated reputation for its fashion and costume courses and a lot of the work was ready for the annual show.

"The collection shown to the princess was selected to showcase designs ranging from high street wear to evening wear.

"It was a really enjoyable event for everyone."

The Royal visit was hosted by the universitys vice chancellor, Prof Bob Cryan, and the dean of design, Emma Hunt.

Other guests included the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Martyn Bolt, and other civic dignitaries.

A large crowd of students had greeted the Princess as she arrived and she smiled and waved to many of them.

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She had done the same hours earlier on her visit to Halifax.

Princess Beatrice toured the newly-built Trinity Academy and said: "I wish I came to a school like this."

The young royal looked genuinely impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities at Trinity Academy.

She demonstrated her own skills when she caught the curtain she had pulled open to reveal a commemorative plaque, after it collapsed at the crucial moment.

As hundreds of students gathered in the main atrium, she told the whole school: "I have never spoken to this many people before. It is quite amazing."