Kate Middleton: In recognition of Armed Forces Day on June 25, photos of the Duchess of Cambridge from her November trip to the Pirbright Training Academy were posted. Armed Forces Day in the UK, formerly known as Veterans’ Day, celebrates everyone who has served in the British military both past and present.
The mother of three was dressed in full military garb from camouflage to helmet and headphones—invoking a very similar image as her mother-in-law, Princess Diana, in 1988.
She also shared images of herself meeting and speaking with various officers as the royal spent the day with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield to get the full experience of being a new recruit.
Alongside the pictures posted on social media, Kate shared a touching tribute, “Today on Armed Forces Day, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past and present, serving in all of our armed forces, at sea, on land and in the air, here in the UK and around the world.”
Thanking all those who have and are serving, for their sacrifice, she continued, “Last year, I was honoured to spend time with the @BritishArmy to see how they train serving personnel and new recruits. It was wonderful to see first-hand the many important and varied roles the military play day in, day out to protect us all,”
Before signing off with a “C” for Catherine, she promised to continue her visits to the armed forces with visits to the Navy and Air Force: “I look forward to discovering more about the @RoyalNavy and @RoyalAirForceUK in due course.”
Members of the royal family are no strangers to serving in the military, including Kate’s husband, Prince William. He enlisted shortly after completing university in 2005 and served as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force.