Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, is getting back to work after the summer holiday, which she usually tries to spend with her children while they’re out of school. But now, the future Princess of Wales has been out and about with the British public.
The Duchess began her reentry last week by visiting some of the service members that helped evacuate civilians from Afghanistan at the Royal Air Force base in Oxfordshire. Looking lovely in a trouser and blazer combination, the Duchess spent time focusing and connecting with the men and women who sign up to serve Queen and country.
Wing Commander Calvin Bailey shared of the Duchess’ visit: “She’s so engaging and she’s so lovely. She wanted to show that she had knowledge and understanding of the planes. We knew some people her husband worked with and they got in touch. And there was one guy who was part of the course behind her husband. So, you know, there’s an instant connection there and 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.”
Her next engagement was in Cumbria U.K. at the Royal Air Force Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Center, where she participated in some of the leadership-building exercises.
This included some mountain biking and then later rappelled down part of the mountain side. All the while, with a gigantic grin on her face.
Passionate about being outdoors and encouraging others to get out as well, the Duchess is almost always in her element while in nature and she is usually incredibly engaged.
Later in the afternoon, the former Kate Middleton met with children who were evacuated from mainland Europe to escape the Holocaust.
Ike Alterman, 93, shared of her chat with the Duchess while crossing a lake on a boat, “We laughed, she asked questions and she wanted to know the answers. We talked about her kids and my kids, and how we love the lakes.”
In 2020, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the royal took a couple of gorgeous portraits of Holocaust survivors.
Finally, she recently hosted a gathering at Buckingham Palace for those who assisted the Hold Still project, the picture program she did in coordination with the National Portrait Gallery. The project encouraged Brits to submit pictures of their experiences during the pandemic.
“Thank you to the brilliant partners who made Hold Still a reality!” Kate and Prince William’s official Instagram page captioned two photos from the evening. “It took a long time to bring everyone behind this incredible project together in person but tonight we finally managed it. The idea for #HoldStill2020 came right at the start of the pandemic, and aimed to bring people and communities together, using the amazing power of photography.”
It was great to see Catherine back at work, and it’s a sign that we will be seeing more of her and Prince William in the coming days.