The Duchess of Cambridge was made Honorary Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets in December of 2015. On the 7th of February, she made her first public appearance in her official capacity. Kate attended a thanksgiving service St. Clement Danes Church and a reception at the Royal Courts of Justice afterward. The Air Cadets were launched during World War II to prepare young Brits to join the RAF. It has continued in a similar capacity, acting as a character building, discipline enhancing organization that exposes young people to the service and--if they so choose--acts as a conduit to the military. For US readers, some of you may be familiar with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp. It's the same idea. Military training for high school students, many of whom then advance to real military service. Kate's grandfather was an RAF pilot and her husband Prince William served in the RAF for a number of years.
She recycled a McQueen coat she has worn twice before, and a hat she had worn privately in 2015, but was identified as a Lock & Co. piece on this official debut.
Location: England, Europe, London
Event: Daytime Event, Public
Venue: St. Clement Danes Church, The Royal Courts of Justice
Charity: The RAF Air Cadets