Kate and William make first public appearance since Philip's funeral

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: IAN VOGLER - Getty Images
Photo credit: IAN VOGLER - Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a military-style coat as she carried out a public engagement with the Duke of Cambridge in east London yesterday afternoon (April 21st).

Prince William and Kate were paying tribute to Prince Philip by visiting an air cadets squadron in the capital to meet with cadets taking part in activities, and to hear about how they support young people to develop life skills, including through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Philip served as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years. In 2015, he passed his military patronage to Kate, who became Honorary Air Commandant.

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The duchess was understated in her Dolce & Gabbana military-style coat, which was collarless and had statement gold buttons, and which she previously wore on Remembrance Day in 2017. She wore her hair down in a fresh and glossy blow-dry, and teamed her coat with a pair of black courts.

For those wanting to emulate Kate's style, Warehouse has a military-style blazer with gold buttons which is more lightweight for spring, priced at £79.20.

A post on Kensington Royal's official Instagram page read: 'The Duke and Duchess visited @282ATC, which supports its cadets to gain skills and qualifications across a variety of different disciplines from aviation, cyber and radio communications to adventure training, music, First Aid and air experience flying, gliding and a space syllabus.'

Photo credit: IAN VOGLER - Getty Images
Photo credit: IAN VOGLER - Getty Images

This was the first public engagement for the royal couple since they attended the ceremonial funeral for Prince Philip on Saturday, April 17th, at St George's Chapel in Windsor. Kate paid tribute to the Queen and Philip by wearing the monarch's beloved Japanese pearl choker from her private collection. Wearing pearls is a part of mourning jewellery tradition.

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