Kate Middleton, as Honorary Air Commandant, visited a RAF base in Cambridgeshire to meet with local Air Cadets yesterday, February 14.
The RAF Air Cadets is made up of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF). It promotes a practical interest in aviation among young men and young women, providing training and encouraging the development of life skills including leadership and teamwork. The organization currently comprises 41,000 air cadets age 12-19, and 15,000 adult volunteers across the UK and abroad.
Kate was there to meet air cadets from the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Air Training Corps who are currently taking part in a half-term skills development camp – the week acts as an initial “camp experience” for cadets who are in their first six months of membership.
The first thing Kate did upon arrival was hop inside a Grob 115e Tutor aircraft, before heading inside to tryout a flight simulator.
Kate joined a group of young people outside for exercises, before taking part in a safe weapon handling session.
Kate signed the guest book.
Kate opted for a blazer/skinny jeans combo, wearing a new blazer from Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini – the Double-Breasted Twill Blazer ($1,515) from the Resort ’17 collection – and black skinny jeans. She wore a black turtleneck underneath the blazer, her Stuart Weitzman HalfNHalf Stretch Rider boots, and her Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf earrings (which are not hearts, BTW).
I like the idea of this outfit, though the execution isn’t to my taste (I don’t love buttons as much as Kate does). For me personally, I would have gone with a single button blazer and a high ponytail, but overall I think this was a win for Kate.
I saw that there were some comments of dislike of this outfit in the previous post’s comment section, but I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with this. She’s doing several things people have said they want to see from her: pants when near aircraft or doing activities with young people; something other than heels or wedges when near aircraft or doing activities with young people; and a jacket covering her butt when wearing skinny jeans.
The pulling her pants up thing, I also don’t have a problem with (I also didn’t have a problem with it two weekends ago which is why I didn’t post a photo of it, because I didn’t think it was a big deal). I do that all the time, and no a belt doesn’t stop my pants from slipping when sitting or bending. It’s so normal to me that I just don’t see a problem with it.
Here is a video of Kate arriving, getting in the aircraft, and trying the flight simulator.
KP also announced a new engagement for Kate. Kate will visit Ronald McDonald House Evelina London to open their new house for the families of children being treated on February 28.