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Kate and William stepped out for their first public engagement following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh and in doing so paid tribute to Prince Phillip. Kate and William visited with an East London branch of the UK Air Cadets.
In December 2015 Prince Phillip passed on his Royal Patronage of the Air Cadets to Kate, ending Prince Phillip's 63 years of involvement with the organization. At that time this was Kate’s first military linked appointment.
The 'Air Cadets' are a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years, sponsored by the Royal Air Force with the aim of giving youth hands on experience of activities and courses to challenge and to develop their skills. The Air Cadets have existed for 80 years.
Whilst the air cadets aim to encourage an interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people, the skills that are provided to the youth members are useful in either the military services or in civilian life. The organization sets out to encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship and to have lots of fun.
News reports and photos from today’s visit show Kate and William chatting with the youth and hearing about their progress in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Kate showed her own sense of fun and adventure when she took part in an exercise in a light aircraft flight simulator, in her dress and heels. William got to hold Kate’s handbag while Kate donned a headset and showed off her flying skills.
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