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Kelsey Glein
Dec 17, 2015 @ 10:30 am

The Duchess of Cambridge has a brand new title to add to her roster—Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets. Yesterday, Prince Philip handed over his role as Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief to Kate Middleton, marking the end of his 63-year position with the Air Training Corps.

The official ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace, where the mother of two was gifted with a copy of Horizons, The History Of The Air Cadets, which outlines the history and traditions of the organization she now represents. This is the first time the Duchess has taken over a role from another royal, and it is also her first military-linked appointment.


The Duke of Edinburgh today passed his patronage of the Royal Air Force cadets to The Duchess of Cambridge. During an audience at Buckingham Palace, The Duke relinquished the role as Air Commodore-in-Chief, bringing an end to his 63 year patronage. The Duchess becomes Honorary Air Commandant of #AirCadets. Photo ©Press Association

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For the historic occasion, Middleton donned a cherry red Luisa Spagnoli dress and jacket topped off with a belt and paired with black pumps. But this isn't the first time we've seen her in this festive ensemble—she previously wore the look during her tour of New Zealand in 2014 and even earlier at a visit to the University of Saint Andrews in 2011.

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