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Prince William and Duchess Kate Are Back: First Appearance Since The Funeral

Prince William and Duchess Kate on their visit from Royal Air Force cadets
April 22, 2021 - 19:20 / Sarah Schulz

After Prince Philip's funeral, Prince William and Duchess Kate have now resumed their royal duties. Find out what they did here... 

It was their first public appearance since the funeral of Prince Philip (†99). Prince William, 38, and Duchess Kate, 39, visited Royal Air Force cadets in east London on Wednesday. During the visit, the royal couple appeared with a smile on their faces. The Duchess, in particular, looked stunning.

Duchess Kate proves her skills in the flight simulator

On the 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William appeared in a dark suit and Duchess Kate delighted in a military coat by Dolce & Gabbana. The Duchess of Cambridge was then able to put her flying skills to the test in a flight simulator.

Duchess Kate in the flight simulator

Group captain Al Lewis praised Duchess Kate: "It was interesting to see the Duchess get in the simulator instead of him. She did very well. He was goading her to say, 'well it's not as easy as it seems'," he said. "It was a really unique experience and the cadets only found out an hour before they arrived. It was wonderful for [the couple] to see the legacy," Lewis revealed to Express.

Prince William and Duchess Kate: visit in honor of Prince Philip

The two royals attended the appointment for a reason: Prince Philip was Air Commodore-in-Chief, honorary member and patron of the air cadets for 63 years. The late Duke of Edinburgh passed the patronage on to Duchess Kate in 2015, who has since held the title of Honorary Air Commander.

Prince William and Duchess Kate talking to cadets

During their visit, Prince William and Duchess Kate also took a look at the training grounds. They wanted to learn more about how the Air Cadets help young people develop important life skills. To do this, they took their time and spoke to a number of cadets. A 13-year-old cadet even asked Prince William if he would like to try the equipment on. 

At the end of the appointment, Prince Philip, who died on April 9, was honored with a cheer. The moving funeral took place last Saturday, in which Duchess Kate wore special jewelry from the Queen. Now normalcy seems to be returning to some extent in the British royal family.