Kate Middleton braves the hail in military-inspired Alexander McQueen

The royal family had a gloomy start to their Tuesday morning.

Amid the ongoing royal drama, including Meghan and Prince Harry's royal exit, Prince Andrew's relinquishing of royal duties and today's divorce announcement from Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips, the family's senior royals put on a united front for a day of engagements. 

Prince William and Duchess Kate joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for a rare joint engagement in Loughborough in Leicestershire to visit the newly opened Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. While the foursome was initially greeted with hail and wind, they were given a warm welcome by the center's dedicated staff, which helps injured servicemen and women on their journey to recovery.

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LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall to meet patients and staff on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Captain Alison Hofman QARNNS, Commanding Officer of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall to meet patients and staff on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to staff and patients during her visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough, central England on February 11, 2020. - The DMRC currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint MOD and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak with Captain Alison Hofman QARNNS, Commanding Officer of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to staff and patients during her visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough, central England on February 11, 2020. - The DMRC currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint MOD and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) talk to patients taking part in wheelchair basketball, during thier visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough, central England on February 11, 2020. - The DMRC currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint MOD and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (centre L) and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (centre R) walk with his father Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (3L) during their visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough, central England on February 11, 2020. - The DMRC currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint MOD and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2R) and his wife Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) talk with his father Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and his wife Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2L) during their visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough, central England on February 11, 2020. - The DMRC currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint MOD and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall to meet patients and staff on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks with wheel chair patients taking part in wheel chair basket ball during a joint visit to the defence medical rehabilitation centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. Known as ‘DMRC Stanford Hall’, the centre is operated by the MOD and began admitting patients in October 2018. They deliver in-patient and residential rehabilitation to serving members of the Armed Forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall to meet patients and staff on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a military-style Alexander McQueen skirt suit to pay tribute to her favorite designer 10 years after his death, spent much of the visit chatting with the center's patients. The royals learned about the various recovery programs, from therapy rooms to the rehabilitation gym, and later toured the center's prosthetics workshop. 

Prince William, who was a patron of the charity that helped raise funds for the £300 million center, paused the tour to join Prince Charles for a quick game of wheelchair basketball with some of the wounded servicemen. 

"I have seen the growth of an idea transfer into what we see today, and it is a rare and immensely satisfying thing to have witnessed," the duke relayed. 

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