Kate was in familiar pieces for today’s visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s largest military air show.
It was a big day, for this was the first time Prince George accompanied his parents on an official engagement in the UK.
The annual event is held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a special visit today to the Air Tattoo to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. The Duchess, who is Patron of the Air Cadet Organisation, was present as the airshow staged its official celebrations for the Air Cadets’ 75th anniversary where they met just some of the 1,500-plus air cadets taking part in the airshow this weekend
Kate has been the Cadets’ Honorary Air Commandant since last winter when Prince Philip turned that role over to her. Some of the Cadets on parade today.
The famous Red Arrow jets.
Katre spent time speaking with pilots, support personnel, officers and others at the event.
George, Kate and William with dignitaries at the show.
Initially all the noise and excitement got to Prince George, but once he had his ‘ear defenders’ on he seemed to settle down and enjoy himself.
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The third in line to the throne was soon thoroughly enjoying himself and looked like he might follow in well established royal footsteps. He took to the cockpit of a military jet, and appeared enthralled by jets roaring above and fascinated by the hi-tech controls of planes and a helicopter.
HRH did need a boost up so he could see everything.
Clambering into one of the RAF Squirrel helicopters on display.
This is the same aircraft model that Prince William flew during his time in the Air Force.
A peek into one of those iconic red jets.
And a lift into the cockpit.
George takes a look out from inside a massive Australian Air Force tanker .
The family exiting that aircraft.
The young Prince really seemed to enjoy himself once he was acclimated.
Royal Photographer Mark Stewart has been photographing the royal family for decades and he noted on Twitter that “Prince George was a little pro for the cameras & it was great to see W & K as such hands on parents.”
George and William pondering the underside of the helicopter. It turns out George knew a little about the aircraft. Simon Perry reported in his People magazine story that George kept repeating the words “tail rotor…tail rotor” when seated inside the chopper.
Mother and son.
I believe this is Red Arrows Squadron Leader David Montenegro that George is listening to; he appears somewhat nonplussed.
Towards the end of the family’s visit to the show George was given a 75th Anniversary Air Cadets piggy bank (seen in his right hand) to take home.
The Cambridges with the Chinook display team.
We move to what Kate wore for the afternoon at the air show, two pieces seen on multiple occasions: the ‘Ridley’ dress by Stella McCartney and the Smythe One Button Blazer. The jacket was first seen as Kate was heading to Canada for the 2011 North American tour; it was worn to several Olympic events in 2012; on the far right we show Kate wearing it for a SportsAid engagement in October 2013.
The jacket is made of wool and features notched lapels, a welt pocket at the bust, patch pockets at the hip, goldtone buttons and that distinctive back cutout. We show it at Shopbop where it is available in sizes 2 through 12 ($595).
Kate wore the ‘Ridley’ dress by Stella McCartney just before the London 2012 Games when she attended a function at the National Portrait Gallery; we saw it again during the Olympic Games; when the Cambridges arrived at the Canberra airport during the 2014 tour; and also at the Commonwealth Games in July of 2012.
The garment is a fitted style, with a round neck and short sleeves. It’s made of a heavy rayon/poly jersey with a touch of elastene for stretch. One of the design elements is the position of the darts: instead of being concealed on the inside of the frock they are exposed on the outside. (See the photo below right, or second from the left above.)
We saw the return of Kate’s ‘Alice Band,’ or headband. This is the item that prompted such vigorous conversation when she was first seen wearing it in June at the Houghton Horse Trials (below right).
The Duchess also had on her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings (£2200).
It was delightful seeing Prince George out with his parents; he seemed to be a favorite with the crowds attending the Air Tattoo as well as those with active roles in the staging of the show.
It is amazing to see how big he has gotten as he nears his 3rd birthday. For loads more photos with George and to learn more about what he wore visit our sister site, What Kate’s Kids Wore.
Also today, our final poll showcasing looks from Kate’s busy week in mid-June.
The week kicked off with Kate wearing a new gown for the annual Sports Ball; she chose the royal blue ‘Nansen‘ by designer Roland Mouret for the occasion. Accessories included a new (to us) pair of Cartier Trinity earrings, Gianvito Rossi Sisely Sandals and her Prada clutch.
At the National Service of Thanksgiving the Duchess was in a new Catherine Walker coatdress. She carried her Nina Clutch in trench (or nude) by LK Bennett; wore her Gianvito Rossi heels in the ‘praline’ color; as well as a Jane Taylor hat. We also saw Kate’s UFO aqua/diamond earrings along with a new pendant that appears to be aquamarine and diamonds too.
For Trooping the Colour Kate wore her Alexander McQueen coatdress, a new hat by Philip Treacy, her Mappin and Webb ‘Empress’ pendant and a new pair of earrings believed to be Balenciaga’s ‘Giant Pearl’ style.
At Sunday’s rainy Patron’s Lunch Kate was in a new dress by Roksanda Ilincic. She accessorized with LK Bennett’s Fern heels and Nina clutch. For jewelry she wore the Mappin & Webb Empress pendant and earrings.
At Monday’s Order of the Garter ceremonies Kate wore an ensemble dating back to the 2011 North American tour, a coat and dress from Catherine Walker. The Duchess brought back a rich red Lock and Company hat, along with an Alexander McQueen clutch and a new pair of red Gianvito Rossi heels. The jewelry included her trusty Mappin and Webb Empress pendant, the diamond bracelet seen previously and the custom acorn/oak leaf Robinson Pelham earrings first worn for her wedding in 2011.
For a garden party in Northern Ireland the Duchess wore two garments seen on multiple occasions, a Collette Dinnigan lace dress and Day Birger et Mikkelsen coat. She had on a new chapeau, the Morning Rose Perching Hat from Lock and Company. We saw her Nina clutch and Fern heels again, both items by LK Bennett. For jewelry Kate was in new earrings that looked like a customized version of Kiki McDonough’s Eden Diamond Flower Drop Earrings, along with the shamrock brooch worn on St. Patrick’s Day when she has presented shamrocks to the Irish Guards.
When attending Royal Ascot for the first time Kate chose the Dolce and Gabbana Cotton Blend Lace Dress first seen at the Queen’s Royal Windsor birthday spectacular. She also wore new earrings, pearls suspended from what looks like a blue topaz surrounded by diamonds; these remain unidentified. She debuted a new hat, the ‘Una,’ style by Jane Taylor. The Duchess carried her LK Bennett Natalie clutch and wore the praline Gianvito Rossi suede heels.
- Learn more about the RAF Air Cadets at the group’s website here; its Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- The Royal International Air Tattoo website is here; the Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- The Mirror’s story is here; The Telegraph’s story is here; The Daily Mail’s photo laden story is here;
- Popsugar’s gallery of large photos is here; Simon Perry’s People magazine story is here