Prince William & Duchess Kate
June 26, 2011 by Post Team
Prince William & Duchess Kate, Kate Middleton together easily passed yesterday made her first real military engagement as with her husband, Prince William. The Duchess of Cambridge delighted soldiers gave medals to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards of the Armed Forces Day. During the visit to Victoria Barracks in Windsor, Berks, Kate leaned out to talk to Scott Yarrington, 26, who had both legs amputated after an explosion in Afghanistan.
And William delivery of a guard medal Lamin Manneh, 33, who lost his legs and left arm in the same incident that killed two classmates.
The explosion was a few days before the two men were about to return home from a six-month tour in Helmand province.
The couple met the families of the father of two major Matthew Collins, 38, and Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan, 28, who died in the explosion, and William were presented with the Cross of Isabel to the families of soldiers killed in operations. Family guard Christopher Davies, 22, killed in an ambush last November, also received the honor.
Using a cross-crepe coat navy officer by Alexander McQueen – fashion house designed the same as her wedding dress – Kate looked relaxed as he shared jokes with the troops.
A gold brooch clover given to her by the regiment – previously used by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne, complements her team
Aides said Kate, 29, who has spoken with her brother Prince Harry in law about his time in the first line, had the pleasure to play the role of a regiment “as close to the heart of her husband.”
It was William’s first visit to the Irish Guards Colonel since he assumed in February. He returned to the UK in April after six months in Afghanistan.
A parade of 2,500 marched down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the main event of Armed Forces Day, attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and David Cameron.
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