Duchess Kate dazzles in powder blue McQueen during her first engagement of 2016

Duchess of Cambridge Marks Air Cadets' 75th Anniversary
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.

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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