On 7th February, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a morning church service at St. Clement Danes to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Cadets. This was Kate's first official engagement of 2016 and also her first in her role as the Cadets Honorary Air Commandant.
Patronage of the Air Cadets was passed to the Duchess in late December by Prince Philip, who was patron for 63 years. The Duchess is only the third member of the Royal family to represent the RAF Air Cadets; she follows The Duke of Edinburgh and, before him, King George VI.
Following the service there was a reception at the Royal Courts of Justice where Kate had a chance to meet some of the cadets.
For the occassion, Kate opted for an all-blue ensemble which coordinated well with the cadets’ uniforms.
Her bespoke Alexander McQueen coat was the perfect choice with it's subtle military styling. Kate has favored this coat for previous military events. She first wore it in New Zealand to the Blenheim War Memorial in April 2014 and again for the 70th anniversary of D-Day commemorations in June 2014.
Pinned to Kate's coat was the Dacre Brooch, a piece of jewelry long associated with the Air Cadets. The brooch, which is set with diamonds and other gemstones, was annually presented to the best female cadet. That tradition began in 1982, the year that women were first admitted to the Air Cadets, but was discontinued last year. It was decided that the top female cadet should, like her male counterpart, instead receive the Dacre Sword.
Kate coordinated the cornflower blue coat with navy accessories which included a bespoke Lock and Company hat, Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' clutch, gloves (perhaps Cornelia James 'Imogen') and a new pair of navy suede pumps.
The fresh pair of shoes are the Rupert Sanderson 'Malory' 100mm high heel pumps (US$675) and I wonder if they could be a replacement of her well-worn Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps?
The Duchess completed the outfit with her diamond and aquamarine drop earrings which still remain unidentified.
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