Duchess Kate did her first or second event of 2016 today. Whether this counts as her first or second depends on whether you count the wreath-laying thing in early January as royal work. But this is Kate’s first solo event since December, and it’s her first event as the new royal patron for the Air Cadets. This patronage was assigned to her – forced upon her!! – by the Queen and Prince Philip at the Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace in December. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided to cull their patronages and pass along some to their children, grandchildren and in-laws. Which is how Kate ended up at the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps today in London.
For the event, Kate pulled out a trusty blue coatdress. This is McQueen, and it’s a repeat. We first saw this during William and Kate’s trip to New Zealand in 2014 – go here to see. I liked it then and I like it now, although I think her styling was better in 2014. Her hat seems to be a repeat too, according to royal-hat-watchers on Twitter. This is a Lock & Co hat that Kate previously wore last year in Bath. Kate did add something new (for her): the Queen’s blinged-out, diamond-encrusted Air Cadets Dacre brooch. I get the feeling it wasn’t Kate’s call to wear the brooch, it was something she HAD to wear, but my God, that thing is really gaudy. Also: Kate looks so tired! I wonder if the baby kept her up or something.
In other Kate news, we have a date for Kate’s “guest editing” of HuffPo UK – she will guest-edit (faff about at Kensington Palace for an hour) on February 17th. It was also announced that during Will and Kate’s tour of India and Bhutan, they will be visiting the Taj Mahal.