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William & Kate take Prince George to the world’s biggest air show

On 8th July 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

F-35 arrives in the UK for the first time and displays at RIAT 2016. Prince william & Kate middleton arrive on a surprise visit to RIAT with Prince George who sits on board one of the red arrows and rides in the cockpit of a helicopter.

They took Prince George along too.  It was his first official public engagement in the UK.

Officers from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, had the privilege of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George today (July 7). The Duke and Duchess were visiting the Royal International Air Tattoo, Gloucestershire, where the Red Arrows are displaying. At the airshow, the Duke of Cambridge was given a tour of the Hawk T1, used by the Red Arrows, by Squadron Leader David Montenegro - Team Leader and Red 1. Prince George also got to sit in the world-famous jet.

Shortly before their arrival, Kensington Palace explained that the Air Tattoo is a “fantastic family-oriented event” and that “the Duke and Duchess know that George will enjoy seeing the aircraft up close”.

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 (RIAT 2016) takes place at RAF Fairford from 8th to 10th July . Notable events around RIAT 2016 include the first UK flying displays by the F-35, the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Seedcorn Project. Personel and events to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. The Airshow’s theme is ‘The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation’ which accords with the RAF’s major themes of 2016-17. The Duke And Dutchess Of Cambridge William with Prince George visits the Royal International Air Tattoo. The Duke And Dutchess Of Cambridge with Prince George and Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson looking at the Red Arrows.

George started to get excited about getting to tour the Red Arrow Hawk and Royal Air Force Squirrel helicopters, and began pointing and waving at the crowd. Once inside the helicopter, his dad, who served in the RAF as a search-and-rescue pilot, showed him around the cockpit.

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The Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 (RIAT 2016) takes place at RAF Fairford from 8th to 10th July . Notable events around RIAT 2016 include the first UK flying displays by the F-35, the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Seedcorn Project. Personel and events to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. The Airshow’s theme is ‘The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation’ which accords with the RAF’s major themes of 2016-17. The Duke And Dutchess Of Cambridge William with Prince George visits the Royal International Air Tattoo. Pictured. Prince George is looking inside the cockpit of a RAF Red Arrows Hawk under the watchful eye of Prince William

The Cambridges met with Royal Air Force Red Arrows pilots and Air Cadets at RAF Fairford.

Officers from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, had the privilege of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George today (July 7). The Duke and Duchess were visiting the Royal International Air Tattoo, Gloucestershire, where the Red Arrows are displaying. At the airshow, the Duke of Cambridge was given a tour of the Hawk T1, used by the Red Arrows, by Squadron Leader David Montenegro - Team Leader and Red 1. Prince George also got to sit in the world-famous jet.

Both William and Kate have close links to the RAF.  William was formerly a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot, while Kate is the Patron of the RAF Air Cadets.  She met with 12 Air Cadets in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps at the event today.  Here’s William, Kate and George meeting television presenter Carol Vorderman. She is the Air Cadet’s Ambassador and Honorary Group Captain.

Kate Middleton air cadets Twitter

After meeting William, Kate and George, Air Cadet Warrant Officer Matt Soar, 19, of Bicester, said:

“I’ve been lucky enough to meet seven members of the Royal Family already – including the Queen – as I’m the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Oxfordshire. But meeting Prince George was amazing – he seemed really interested in the aircraft. I never thought I’d be in this position before joining the Air Cadets.”

Officers from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, had the privilege of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George today (July 7). The Duke and Duchess were visiting the Royal International Air Tattoo, Gloucestershire, where the Red Arrows are displaying. At the airshow, the Duke of Cambridge was given a tour of the Hawk T1, used by the Red Arrows, by Squadron Leader David Montenegro - Team Leader and Red 1. Prince George also got to sit in the world-famous jet.

The Royal International Air Tattoo is billed as “the world’s biggest air show”.

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 (RIAT 2016) takes place at RAF Fairford from 8th to 10th July . Notable events around RIAT 2016 include the first UK flying displays by the F-35, the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Seedcorn Project. Personel and events to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. The Airshow’s theme is ‘The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation’ which accords with the RAF’s major themes of 2016-17. The Duke And Dutchess Of Cambridge William with Prince George visits the Royal International Air Tattoo. Pictured. Prince George with the Dutchess Of Cambridge inside a Squirrel Helicopter with Flt Lt Jim Hobkirk from the Central Flying School Exam Wing.

Here’s William, Kate and George posing for a photograph with the RAF Chinook Display Team:

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Kate’s outfit:

Kate wore a few older pieces for her closet today.  She chose a Stella McCartney dress.

F-35 arrives in the UK for the first time and displays at RIAT 2016. Prince william & Kate middleton arrive on a surprise visit to RIAT with Prince George who sits on board one of the red arrows and rides in the cockpit of a helicopter.

It’s the Ridley Stretch Cady Dress in Ultra Blue.   It features pleats on the front and back.

Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Cady Dress

The piece is long sold out.   Though, you can hire it in a pink floral print from GirlMeetsDress.com!

Stella McCartnety Ridley dress in pink

Kate’s worn the dress on four previous occasions, including to the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014.  Here’s a reminder:

Kate Middleton wears Stella McCartney dress to XX Commonwealth Games in 2014

You’ll notice Kate wearing with the same navy blue jacket today.  It’s by Canadian label Smythe.  She’s owned it since 2011 and has worn it on a number of occasions, including during the Royal Tour of the country back in 2011. The Italian wool jacket features goldtone buttons, princess seams and front pockets. On the back you’ll note a notched lapel.

Here’s a picture of Kate in the jacket shortly before departing for Canada at Heathrow:

Smythe named this the “Duchess Blazer” a few years ago. It’s former style name was the “One Button Blazer”.

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2016 (RIAT 2016) takes place at RAF Fairford from 8th to 10th July . Notable events around RIAT 2016 include the first UK flying displays by the F-35, the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Seedcorn Project. Personel and events to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. The Airshow’s theme is ‘The Next Generation: Inspiring Innovation’ which accords with the RAF’s major themes of 2016-17. The Duke And Dutchess Of Cambridge William with Prince George visits the Royal International Air Tattoo. Pictured. Prince George shaking the hand of Flt Lt Jim Hobkirk from the Central Flying School Exam Wing.

The jacket is still available to buy today. It can be purchased from ShopBop for $595 USD.  The company ship worldwide and offer free international delivery.

Smythe one Button Blazer

The One Button blazer/Duchess blazer comes in a number of colours and patterns.  Use the widget below to shop the styles at ShopBop and Revolve Clothing:

Kate brought back a familiar pair of earrings today.

Lauren earrings

They’re the Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf Pave style.  They cost £2,200.

Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf Earrings

Here’s how they’re described by Kiki McDonough:

Beautiful and elegantly small these 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond leaf motif drop earrings are from our new Lauren Collection inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson.

William, Kate and George

Kate chose to her L.K. Bennett Floret shoes in Trench nappa leather today.  You may remember Kate first wore them earlier this year, while in Bhutan?

Kate Middleton wearing L.K. Bennett Floret shoes on tour

The court shoes feature an 85mm heel and a chic pointed-toe.  They’re from L.K. Bennett’s SS16 range and are made from 100% leather in Spain.  The company describe them as “perennially chic”.

L.K. Bennett Floret shoe in nude leather

This colour retails for:

L.K. Bennett stock the Floret shoe in a rainbow of colours and prints.  I share a selection of them in the graphic below:

L.K. Bennett Floret Shoes in Different Colours

Kate's outfit for Royal International Air Tattoo 2016

Smythe Duchess / One Button Blazer worn by Kate Middleton in blue and green

Smythe “Duchess” Blazers

Wool blazers in green & blue

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Comments

  1. Love the outfit! Oh my, I have the exact same blazer, without even knowing. Where is that headband from?

  2. I think I am going to love this site.

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