As if the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t have her hands full enough with two little ones to see to and a host of events to attend involving her role as an advocate for the support of children’s mental health, Kate Middleton has also taken on new duties, passed on by the Queen. One of which, Kate has made her first solo appearance for.
Queen Elizabeth, approaching her 90th year, has sought to lessen her responsibilities by passing on a number of her duties to Kate and Prince Harry. Middleton stepped out for the first appearance in her new post involving a military-linked association. People shares as to the Duchess’ appearance and purpose at the event.
“Wearing a cornflower blue Alexander McQueen coat, blue suede heels and a Lock & Co. hat, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a special service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and pledged to help bring more volunteers on board.”
While at the event, Kate chatted with cadet Lucinda Conder, 19, that she had shown George, who is 2, pictures of Spitfire fighter planes after an event. The cadet shared as to Kate’s description of George’s new interest.
“He is now obsessed with the air cadets and wants to join.”
Conder has also relayed her excitement at having Middleton as the royal face of the cadets, a role that was formerly Prince Phillip’s and one that Kate recently acquired.
“It’s brilliant to have Kate involved. It’s just really nice to have a female patron for us girls. Kate is passing the responsibility down the royal family. And it’s also nice to have a new, refreshing, younger patron. I think she’s going to bring alive the air cadets again.”
Prince Phillip relinquished his post as Honorary Air-Commandant after 63 years fulfilling the role to Kate back in December.
A message written by Kate in the order of service was shared and conveyed her support of the military organization.
“The Air Cadets bring genuine benefit to our young people and indeed wider society.”
Qualified pilot Carole Vorderman was thrilled at Kate’s new post and happy to have her make an appearance, also stating that Kate is an ideal royal face for the cadets.
“Her husband is a pilot. Her brother-in-law is a pilot. Her father-in-law is a pilot. Her mum used to work in an airline. She obviously has a great appreciation of the military and enthusiasm for youth.”
Conder shared her appreciation at Kate’s attendance for the event and stated just how important Air Cadets are to her and to many.
“I love the Air Cadets, the opportunities it offers are brilliant and today is so special for us – we marked our 75th anniversary in true royal style.”
Kate’s duties for the next week are not quite finished as she is keen to be a part of promoting the mental well-being of youth by taking part in supporting Children’s Mental Health Week. Kate has been a strong advocate for the cause over the past year and has made numerous appearances, involving herself in bringing awareness to the need for support to those suffering from mental illnesses.
Additionally, Middleton will be trying her hand at editing by taking on the role of editor for The Huffington Post, UK, as Vanity Fair shares. The beauty is certainly keeping her plate quite full and ensuring to quiet those naysayers who were so doubtful of the Duchess’ capabilities and purpose.
Kate spent her first royal years taking heat for being all image and no substance. Today, it’s fair to say that the Duchess has more than made up for her previous, seemingly lazy ways.
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