On 8th July 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.
They took Prince George along too. It was his first official public engagement in the UK.
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”.
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.
The Cambridges met with Royal Air Force Red Arrows pilots and Air Cadets at RAF Fairford.
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.
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.”
The Royal International Air Tattoo is billed as “the world’s biggest air show”.
Here’s William, Kate and George posing for a photograph with the RAF Chinook Display Team:
Kate wore a few older pieces for her closet today. She chose a Stella McCartney dress.
It’s the Ridley Stretch Cady Dress in Ultra Blue. It features pleats on the front and back.
The piece is long sold out. Though, you can hire it in a pink floral print from GirlMeetsDress.com!
Kate’s worn the dress on four previous occasions, including to the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014. Here’s a reminder:
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 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.
Kate brought back a familiar pair of earrings today.
They’re the Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf Pave style. They cost £2,200.
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.
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?
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”.
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: