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Duchess of Cambridge Marks Air Cadets' 75th Anniversary


The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, kicked off her first official engagement of 2016 today to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets. She took over the patronage at the end of last year when the Duke of Edinburgh passed it to her after 63 years serving as Air Commodore-in-Chief.

She now represents 42,000 Air Cadets between the age of 12-19 and 15,000 adult volunteers.

The Duchess seemed in high spirits as she joined in the church service and reception to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Air Cadets. Though it is her first engagement as Honorary Air Commandant of the organization, Kate has had a close connection with the RAF ever since William flew as a rescue helicopter pilot a few years ago.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Honorary Air Commandant, attends a service to mark the 75th anniversary year of the RAF Air Cadets.

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The Duchess looked lovely for her first engagement of 2016, supporting the Air Cadets in her new role.

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Duchess Kate asks a few questions as she leaves a reception after a service to mark the 75th anniversary year of the RAF Air Cadets.

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The Duchess beams as she walks with a large group to the service.

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Kate wore a navy hat by Lock & Co.

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The Duchess recycled one of our favorite looks from her Australian tour -- a stunning powder blue Alexander McQueen coat.

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The Duchess also wore this glittering brooch, the Air Cadets Dacre, known to be the highest award any female cadet can achieve.

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Kate smiles with  Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty during today's event.

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The Duchess of Cambridge during the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets celebrations.

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The Duchess sings during the service at St Clement Danes Church.

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Kate takes a moment during the service to smile, clearly enjoying her day with the Air Cadets.

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The Duchess smiles upon her arrival while meeting Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.

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Britain's Kate meets members of the Air Cadets.

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Duchess Kate helps to cut a cake as she meets cadets during the 75th anniversary celebrations.

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Kate recycled a stunning powder blue coat (get the look for less here) by Alexander McQueen for the occasion, first seen during her tour of New Zealand and Australia, and paired the look with a navy Lock & Co hat, navy pointed pumps and a stunning brooch. The piece, which is known as the Air Cadets Dacre, is the highest award any female cadet can achieve.

Following this morning's church service Kate joined the cadets at a reception where she met cadets, volunteers and alum, and learned more about the programs and activities the organization runs.

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Plus, click through below to see Kate's best style moments of 2015:
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Duchess Kate dazzles in powder blue McQueen during her first engagement of 2016

January

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Barlby Primary School to officially name The Clore Art Room, wearing a coat by British label Madderson London.

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January

Duchess Kate attended an event for The Fostering Network to celebrate the work of foster carers, wearing a brown animal print Hobbs dress.

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January

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves after visiting the new Kensington Leisure Centre, wearing a pale blue Seraphine coat.

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February

Kate arrived in Portsmouth as Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, wearing a white coat by MaxMara. 

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February

She wore this sweet sailboat-patterned dress under her coat, by Somerset by Alice Temperley, during the visit to Portsmouth.

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February

When Kate visited the Emma Bridgewater Factory, she wore a blue MaxMara coat.

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February

Kate's pretty floral dress, worn to Cape Hill Children's Centre, is by maternity designer Seraphine.

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March

Kate attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, wearing an Alexander McQueen coat, fascinator by Jane Taylor and her Prada shoes and clutch.

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March

The Duchess of Cambridge chose to recycle her dalmatian print Hobbs coat for a visit to the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery.

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March

This pretty cream coat Kate wore to visit the set of Downton Abbey is a piece by Jojo Maman Bebe.

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March

The Duchess opted for a navy coat by Beulah London with matching navy accessories for a Service of Commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

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March

Duchess Kate attended the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks wearing a brown coat by Catherine Walker.

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March

For a visit to the Brookhill Children's Centre in Woolwich, Kate wore a polka-dotted ASOS dress and a coat made by a private dressmaker.

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March

The Duchess was glowing in a hot pink Mulberry coat as she visited the Stephen Lawrence Centre.

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May

To debut her newborn daughter, Princess Charlotte, to the world, the Duchess wore a pale yellow Jenny Packham shift dress. 

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June

Kate, seen from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, looked lovely in Catherine Walker for her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter.

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June

Kate was in stripes and jeans for a casual day at the polo with Prince George.

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July

The Duchess looked elegant in Alexander McQueen as she held Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on the little princess's christening day.

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July

Duchess Kate dazzled in a red L.K. Bennett dress as she and William attended a match at Wimbledon.

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July

It was a casual day -- calling for skinny jeans and her Sebago boat shoes as Kate attended an America's Cup World Series event.

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September

Kate looked lovely in a Ralph Lauren shirtdress at the Anna Freud Centre.

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September

Kate wore a major pop of color to the Rugby World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony in this Reiss coat.

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September

Kate made a surprise visit to the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust at HMP Send, wearing an elegant gray peplum dress by The Fold.

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October

Duchess Kate attended an event hosted by Mind at Harrow College to mark World Mental Health Day with William, wearing a patterned dress by Tory Burch.

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October

The Duchess looked stunning in a red Jenny Packham gown and a tiara for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace with the President of China.

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October

Kate and William took on a day of engagements in Scotland, with the Duchess wearing another gorgeous blue coat this time by Christopher Kane.

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October

When Kate attended The Charities Forum for a screening of Shaun The Sheep, she wore a knee-length dress by Tabitha Webb.

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October

The royals -- Harry, William and Kate -- attended the Royal World Premiere of 'Spectre' dressed to the nines. Kate looked stunning in a sheer gown by Jenny Packham.

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October

Kate recycled an Orla Kiely dress for a visit to Chance UK's Early Intervention Program.

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October

The Duchess chose a bold floral-printed gown by Erdem for the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner in aid of The Art Room.

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November

It was Dolce and Gabbana for the Annual Festival of Remembrance.

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November

The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service, Kate wearing a patchwork black coat by Alexander McQueen.

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November

When Kate attended the Fostering Excellence Awards, she wore a new designer for her wardrobe: Saloni.

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November

Kate recycled one of our favorite looks for the Place2Be Headteacher Conference, a dress by Matthew Williamson.

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November

Kate recycled one of her Reiss coats for a visit to the Men's Shed movement during her time in North Wales.

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November

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch children on a zip-wire as they visit the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre, wearing casual outfits as they prep to go Abseiling.

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December

Kate looked every bit the Princess as she attended the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace, wearing an ice blue Alexander McQueen lace gown and Princess Diana's favorite tiara, the Cambridge Lover's Knot.

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December

The Duchess wore L.K. Bennett separates for the ICAP charity day where she and William haggled with donors to raise money for charity.

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December

Kate wore an amazing coat by Reiss during an official visit to the Action on Addiction Centre.

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December

She also recycled this lovely Emilia Wickstead pleated dress, worn under the houndstooth Reiss coat.

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December

Kate got into the Christmas spirit with her red Alexander McQueen dress for the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party.

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December

Kate wore another festive outfit for the Queen's annual Christmas Lunch, during which she also received the honor of taking on one of Prince Philip's patronages. She is now the Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. 

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December

A handout photo provided by Kensington Palace shows Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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