As one of the most photographed women in the world, Kate Middleton is used to having to strike a pose. But yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge proved she’s just as comfortable having her picture taken while jumping up and down during a group exercise with some young air cadets.
Looking equally as photogenic, despite her normally-coiffed hair flying around her face, the Duchess showed off her sporty side as she joined the youngsters in jumping games as part of a team building exercise.
Kate, who is royal patron and Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets, was on a visit to RAF Wittering to meet local air cadets. And in her typical dress-for-the-occasion style, the Duchess opted for a Military look as she chatted to youngsters at the event.
Striking a perfect balance between looking formal, yet approachable, Kate chose a pillar-box red, double-breasted jacket by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. Teaming the £760, military-inspired blazer with skinny, black jeans, Kate also opted to ditch her usual stiletto heel and instead chose block-heeled boots from Stuart Weitzman.
Keeping the rest of her look simple, the Duchess donned an on-trend black poloneck top from Jaeger and accessorised with simple gold leaf Kiki McDonough earrings.
Though her hair was kept in loose curls for some of the day, Kate sensibly opted to tie her hair back in a low ponytail when she climbed into the cockpit of one of the aircrafts.
Choosing clothes which offer a subtle nod to the event or occasion she in attending is a style trick that has worked well for the Duchess. In 2014 on a visit to World War Two heritage site Bletchley Park, Kate opted for a double-breasted Alexander McQueen blouse and skirt which had a nautical hint, and in 2011 she presented medals to the Irish Guards wearing a navy army-inspired coat. The Duchess often chooses a blazer or jacket with a uniform-style feel, which has the advantage of being formal yet friendly, and works perfectly for greeting audiences of service men and women.
Yesterday’s military-inspired look was a world away from the off-the-shoulder McQueen gown that the Duchess wore to the BAFTAs on Sunday night. Kate walked the red carpet alongside her husband, Prince William, and looked stunning in the black, tiered floor-length frock, which featured a white bouquet pattern embroidered throughout. The delicate off-the-shoulder neckline offset the demure nature of her gown, and showed off Kate’s toned shoulders to perfection.
Whether she’s shutting down a red carpet with her look or perfectly dressing-to-occasion there’s little denying the Duchess of Cambridge rarely puts a nude court clad foot wrong in the style stakes.
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