The Duchess of Cambridge visited an air base which welcomed hundreds of evacuees to the U.K. last month Advertisement The Duchess Of Cambridge Meets Those Involved In The Evacuation Of Afghanistan Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Kate Middleton stepped out on Wednesday to thank some of the heroes who helped thousands of people flee Afghanistan last month. The Duchess of Cambridge made her first outing since her long summer break from public duties to visit an airbase where she met members of the armed forces and civilians and volunteers who had taken part in the mammoth humanitarian effort to evacuate and help resettle people from Afghanistan. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. Kate arrived at the base, which is about 80 miles north west of London, by helicopter before being driven to the hangar where the volunteers and service personnel were gathered. Kate, 39, was praised today for her empathy with young aircrews and service members who'd helped hundreds of people flee Afghanistan. The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to RAF Brize Norton Credit: Alamy Stock Photo Wing commander Calvin Bailey, officer commanding 70 Squadron, said she wanted to hear the young air men and women's stories — something that will help them cope with the after effects of the harrowing mission they lived through. "They want to tell their story. They want to say, 'This is hard. I did this. This is what I feel proud about.' And she gave that to them today," Wing Commander Bailey told PEOPLE at RAF Brize Norton. "They were just so important. And so for us there's a lot of necessary catharsis. We need to share our stories and we need to get them out. And that's what the media allows us to kind of do — because it means, for them, … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton Formed an ‘Instant Connection’ in ‘Priceless’ Time with Afghanistan Evacuation Heroes
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July 23, 2013 - 11:06 BST With the world's eyes trained on her, Kate Middleton is bound to have carefully chosen the outfit she will wear to leave St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, after giving birth Kate Middleton was known for her elegant maternity style and so she is bound to follow suit with a stylish outfit as she leaves St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, after giving birth a baby boy . One of the most iconic images was that of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana of Wales leaving the very same hospital in June 1982 cradling a newborn Prince William. She wore a smock-style, pastel green polka dot dress that won universal praise and cemented her status as a fashion icon. Kate's former stylist Nikki Pennie, who is widely credited with helping Kate to develop her elegant sense of style, predicts it will be "something comfortable, low-key, conservative, and appropriate," she told E! News . "I'm pretty sure it will be a dress and maybe a jacket...She loves wrap dresses, empire waists, and V-necks dresses." Nikki thinks Kate will shun anything loose-fitting, believing that she will prefer "a figure-hugging number that's still very streamline and elegant." As far as the designer of the outfit is concerned, Nikki is certain that Kate will stay close to home. "It's definitely going to be a British designer, she said. "It could be Topshop, Issa or Alexander McQueen." Kate is known for her thrifty sartorial ways, often choosing to recycle outfits. But considering how momentous this particular appearance will be — and how iconic it is set to become — HELLO! Online predicts the Duchess will be sporting a new creation possibly by Alice Temperlery or Issa. We also predict that it will be a dress in a block, neutral colour, in keeping with Kate's typically subtle style. What do you think Kate will wear to leave the hospital? Leave your comments in the box below. … [Read more...] about What Kate Middleton might wear to leave hospital
PEOPLE Royals hits newsstands on Friday, March 5 Advertisement Royals quarterly Introducing PEOPLE Royals — a new quarterly publication focused exclusively on all things royal. You can find the premiere issue of PEOPLE Royals at your local newsstand on Friday, March 5 or subscribe at peopleroyals.com/launch . Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. In the inaugural issue, Kate Middleton defines herself as a "millennial Queen-in-the-making," Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York gets personal over a cup of tea and singer-songwriter and actress Rita Wilson shares her memorable encounter with Princess Diana 25 years ago. Plus, looking for your new favorite cocktail? Try the Queen's favorite drink. Read ahead for a sneak peek! Kate the Great: How the Future Queen Is Defining Herself At the 10-year mark in her royal career, Princess Kate has firmly established her voice. If the current Queen, 94, has embodied the very English stiff upper lip throughout her long reign, the millennial Queen-in-the-making, 39, has chosen a modern path: feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritized, and laughter is to be encouraged. And like parents around the world, she's doing this all while homeschooling 7-year-old George, 5-year-old Charlotte and 2-year-old Louis. There is no doubt that Kate faces pressures uniquely her own: She is the wife of one future King and raising another. To add to the pressures, there was also the resignation of her brother-in-law Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan Markle from royal duty. The move left Kate as the only senior royal woman of her generation. "Kate is now the only real possible provider of the glamour factor," says historian Sarah Gristwood, author of Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown. As she … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton’s ‘Power,’ Fergie Spills the ‘Tea’ & Rita Wilson’s Diana Moment: Inside PEOPLE Royals!
"Delete it," Kate joked about her musical creation as the couple visited Heavy Sound C.I.C. Advertisement Kate Middleton won't be adding DJ to her royal résumé just yet! Kate and Prince William continued their mini-tour of Scotland on Monday afternoon at Heavy Sound C.I.C., a Scottish community interest company providing music, creative arts and sports activities in underprivileged areas. The royal mom, 39, attempted some sound mixing by pressing buttons on the machine — but the end result prompted her to laugh and cover her ears. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. "Please turn that off, it's hurting my ears," Prince William , 38, quipped. As the couple left, with William handing his wife her clutch, Kate said, "Sorry for leaving such a terrible song. Delete it, delete it!" RELATED: Kate Middleton Replicates Princess Diana's All-Blue Ensemble from the '90s in Scotland Kate Middleton Kate Middleton and Prince William | Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty "Keep up the incredible work @vruscotland in leading the way in finding compassionate, holistic, human-led solutions. Oh and please do delete that music..." the royal couple's Twitter account captioned a video. Get the premiere issue of PEOPLE Royals for glamorous new photos and inside stories royals fans haven't seen or read elsewhere! Subscribe at peopleroyals.com/launch Kate Middleton Prince William and Kate Middleton | Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Kate Middleton Kate Middleton | Credit: ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty William kicked off the tour solo on Friday before Kate joining her husband on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are titled the Earl … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton Drops a Beat on Scotland Tour — and Prince William Jokes It’s ‘Hurting My Ears’
On day two of their mini-tour of Scotland, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first official visit to the northeastern tip of the British Isles Advertisement Kate Middleton and Prince William are on the island of Orkney! The royal couple, who are on a mini-tour of Scotland this week, landed for their first official visit to the remote spot about 310 miles north of the Scottish capital Edinburgh on Tuesday. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. They kicked off the morning by officially opening Orkney's new Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall and meeting local National Health Service staff. Kate, 39, paired her camel-colored Massimo Dutti coat with a scarf in the Strathearn tartan -- a signal of the couple's title in Scotland: the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William in Orkney on Tuesday | Credit: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton today | Credit: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images The new hospital has enabled the repatriation of many health services from the Scottish mainland, back to Orkney, meaning that local residents can get most of their healthcare at home. The couple marvelled at the new building's circular design, which is based on the 5000-year-old Neolithic settlement, Skara Brae, and is keeping with the local landscape in which many historical sites are circles. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton today | Credit: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images Shortly after they arrived on Orkney, they met local dignitaries and an air cadet before moving on to the hospital. Prince … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton and Prince William Arrive on the Scottish Island Of Orkney for the First Time
The Duchess of Cambridge shared the tidbit on Wednesday as she exchanged stories with British heroes who helped evacuate thousands from Afghanistan in recent weeks Advertisement prince-harry-william-a.jpg If you ask Kate Middleton , the Cambridge kids have their heads in the clouds — and it's a good thing! The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, visited the RAF Brize Norton airbase on Wednesday to thank members of teams who'd helped evacuate thousands of people from Afghanistan in recent weeks. During the visit, as she heard stories from civilians and servicemen and women, she also shared her children's continued passion for all things aviation. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. "She did mention that her children are very interested in aircraft," Loadmaster Sergeant Mark Curtis told PEOPLE. Royal watchers won't be entirely surprised that Prince George , 8, Princess Charlotte , 6, and Prince Louis , 3, are keen on planes. After all, their dad Prince William was a search and rescue captain in the Royal Air Force who spent several years at the start of his marriage to Kate on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales as part of that role. royals flying Prince William and Prince Harry | Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Likewise, Prince Harry is a 10-year veteran of the war in Afghanistan who has addressed the end of the decades-long conflict as well as the Taliban's violent moves to gain control over the country. "I honor those who have been lost and encourage support for the survivors and the families of those affected," he said in a statement in June. "These workers put their lives on the line every day to make the world a safer place. This brutal act reminds us that we must stand in solidarity with humanitarian aid … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton Reveals Her Kids Are ‘Very Interested’ in One of Prince William and Prince Harry’s Top Passions