Kate Middleton was a casual figure today as she went mountain biking and rappelling with the Air Cadets, before meeting Holocaust survivors of ‘Windermere children’ on a visit to Cumbria.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, who is an Honorary Air Commander of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, is in the area to highlight the beneficial, lifelong impact nature and the great outdoors can have on young people.
The mother of three was hands-on when she arrived at the RAF Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Center, re-wearing her khaki Zealand puffer jacket and black jeans.
The royal completed the look with her trusty £250 brown suede See By Chloé boots, which feature leather trim details on a round toe, lace-up base.
She later met surviving ‘Windermere children’ who were rescued from concentration camps during a visit to Cumbria and taken to the Lake District.
Kate Middleton set up a stylish display case when she arrived in Cumbria this afternoon, where she will make visits to highlight the beneficial, lifelong impact nature and the outdoors can have on young people
The Duchess took part in activities such as rappelling and cycling while visiting the RAF Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Center in Cumbria (left and right)
The mother of three seemed overjoyed during the visit and could be seen laughing as she tried to cycle with the cadets
Earlier in the day, the royal family had opted for a smart plaid blazer when they arrived to meet the Windemere children (pictured)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a boat trip on Lake Windermere in Cumbria, UK, with two of the ‘Windermere Children’, a group of 300 Holocaust survivors who came to live in the Lake District in 1945
The royal, who wore her brown locks loose in a side part and tucked behind her ears, also added a pair of dainty round silver earrings.
The natural beauty kept her makeup neutral, with just a hint of pink blush and a nude lip.
The royal started her day early by joining a group of Air Cadets who took part in a number of outdoor activities, including mountain biking.
The visit of the mother of three will mark the reopening of the RAF Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Center after a £2 million refurbishment.
Daring Duchess! Kate showed her love of the outdoors during her visit to the RAF Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Centre, which has just undergone a £2million refit
The mother of three was warmly wrapped in a cozy khaki puffer jacket for the occasion and seemed animated as she chatted with the staff and children at the center
The center enables hundreds of cadets from across the UK to visit the Lake District each year and take part in a wide range of activities, building their confidence and leadership skills and earning their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The Duchess believes that spending time outdoors plays a vital role in the future health and happiness of children and young people, laying a foundation that will last a lifetime by encouraging active research and the opportunity to form positive relationships and to reinforce.
Kate embarked on a boat trip with two of the ‘Windermere Children’, a group of 300 Holocaust survivors who arrived in the Lake District in 1945 to recover from the atrocities they had witnessed in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos. occupied Europe.
The Duchess wanted to meet some of the survivors in person and hear their stories, having heard about the Windermere children’s history before.
The royal was seen climbing cautiously aboard the boat where she spoke to members of the Windermere children.
During the boat trip, she learned about how their time in the lakes and the innovative support they received at the Calgarth estate, including outdoor recreation, sports, and art therapy, allowed them to heal from the trauma of their childhood experiences.
Her Royal Highness will then disembark at the Jetty Museum where she will meet relatives of survivors who will speak about how their loved ones’ time in Cumbria helped them build successful lives in the UK.
The Duchess will also learn about the work of the Lake District Holocaust Project to document and educate the public on the experiences of the Windermere children.
It’s Kate’s first public sighting since she attended her brother James Middleton’s glamorous wedding in the south of France just days ago.
The couple got engaged in September 2019, but had to postpone the ceremony twice in the past year due to Covid, before finally announcing that they had tied the knot over the weekend in Bormes-les-Mimosas in Provence.
They were twice forced to postpone their wedding date, with James saying in an Instagram post last September: ‘It’s been a year since I proposed to Alizée…what a year it’s been!
‘Two houses, lockdown, two attempts at a wedding, a litter’ [dog emoji], launching the new company @ella.co, shaving a beard and much more but the best part is that I get to share it with you @alizeethevenet and can’t wait to tackle everything the future has in store for us .’
A photo posted online by the mayor of Bormes-les-Mimosas showed Alizee, 32, in a floor-length off-the-shoulder dress, while James, 34, beamed at the camera wearing an all-white suit and wore a blue shirt.
The newlyweds were later joined by 50 guests, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their three children and Pippa and husband James Matthews at Chateau Leoube, an exclusive village vineyard that produces some of the region’s finest rose wines.
The royal returned to duty last week after her annual summer break, where she visited RAF Brize Norton to meet those who helped evacuate Afghans from their country last month.