The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made their first royal engagement following Prince Philip's funeral. Yesterday, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the 282 East Ham Squadron, Air Training Corps in East London to hear more about how the Air Cadets support young people in developing life skills.
While there, the squadron paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who was the Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years, with a Three Cheers Salute. In 2015, Prince Philip passed the military patronage on to Kate, when she became Honorary Air Commandant.
Following the Prince's passing, the royal family are observing an official mourning period, reflected in the Duke and Duchess' outfits. For their first royal engagement post-funeral, Kate wore a black Dolce & Gabbana military-style coat dress with gold buttons, which she then finished with matching Tod's block heels, clutch bag and a pair of pearl earrings. Prince William appears to wear a dark navy suit with a white collared shirt and contrasting tie.
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"Paying tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, who served as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years @aircadets," writes the Kensington Royal Instagram account about the significance of the visit.
"The Duke and Duchess visited @282ATC, which supports its cadets to gain skills and qualifications across a variety of different disciplines from aviation, cyber and radio communications to adventure training, music, First Aid and air experience flying, gliding and a space syllabus 🚀
"In 2015, The Duke of Edinburgh passed his military patronage to The Duchess of Cambridge, who became Honorary Air Commandant.
"Now in their 80th year, the Air Cadets has more than 32,000 members aged between 12-19 years old. Sponsored by @RoyalAirForceUK, the Air Cadets provides hands-on experience that challenge and develop skills amongst young people to help them succeed, encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship."
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