After almost 2 months of long summer break and a happy family ceremony, The Duchess of Cambridge is back to Royal duties. Today, Catherine visited RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to meet those who took part in Operation Pitting, where 15,000 people were airlifted from Afghanistan in August, including thousands who came to Britain under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap).
Operation PITTING was the largest humanitarian operation for over 70 years that ran between August 14th to 28th when the RAF flew out more than 15000 people out of Kabul. More than 850 people arrived at the RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire over the course of two weeks where they were provided with foods, clothes, medicines, children’s toys, childcare and sanitary products.
During the visit, The Duchess of Cambridge, who arrived in The Queen’s Helicopter Flight G-XXEB Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, met both military personnel and civilians who were directly involved in Operation PITTING. She was also introduced to members of the emergency services and armed forces at RAF Brize Norton.
Catherine met with RAF Aircrews and medics who overlooked the evacuation process in Kabul. She also met with the civilians and volunteers who set up a Repatriation centre at RAF Brize Norton to support the Afghan people. The Duchess also saw the C17 aircraft that was used to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
“The visit has echoes of the King’s visit to returning troops from Dunkirk in 1940 when the then-Princess Elizabeth sent sweets for British and French soldiers” – The Telegraph
The Duchess of Cambridge visiting RAF Brize Norton to meet some of those who supported the UK’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan last month. pic.twitter.com/ta8EzH0Lfx
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The operation was performed by RAF Brize Norton alongside Royal Navy, British Army, local authorities and aid organizations based in the UK and Afghanistan. The full fleet of RAF aircraft flew around the clock to support the evacuation. A record flight RAF C17 Globemaster flew 439 people out of Kabul on a single flight.
The Duchess of Cambridge debuted Reiss Larsson Double-Breasted Twill Blazer in a neutral shade. Thanks to Emily Collins on Twitter for the fabulous id.
The £285 blazer was described as, “The Larsson jacket in neutral offers tailored simplicity with a soft finish. The double-breasted silhouette features wide peak lapels and button fastenings with front pockets for added functionality.”
It seems underneath the blazer the Duchess is wearing her Goat Fashion (Jane Atelier now) Binky Blouse that she first wore in May 2016.
Catherine paired the blouse with new blue trousers – Roland Mouret Lucanus Trousers. The trouser was described as, “articulate sartorial codes within a feminine context as a flared fit imbues them with the subtle statement potential you’ve come to expect from your smart-casual essentials. The design is unembellished, instead focusing all the attention on the elegant simplicity of their cut.
She topped it with her Anderson Crocodile Embossed Belt.
The Duchess teamed up it with her Midnight blue Emmy London Josie Block Heel Pointed Shoe.
The Duchess of Cambridge was carrying a new bag today – Tusting Mini Holly Bag. Thanks to Emily Collins on Twitter for the id. The £245.83 is currently available in various shades.
Catherine was wearing her All The Falling Stars Gold Disc Circle Earrings that were part of the All The Falling Stars Gold Three Layered Disc Necklace and Earrings set that was gifted to the Duchess by Therese Tully Rooney when Catherine visited Galway during the Ireland tour.
Kayla Adams on Twitter shared these two beautiful pictures of Catherine shopping with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It looked like an after school shopping spree as both George and Charlotte are still in their Uniform. The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing her &Other Stories Floral Ruffled Maxi Dress debuted in May 2019.
In happy news, The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother James Middleton married his French fiancée Alizee Thevenet this weekend in France. The wedding was attended by Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.