Kate Middleton poses in fighter jet as she posts tribute to servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day


‘Thank you for your sacrifice’: Kate Middleton poses in cockpit of fighter jet in never-before-seen photos as she writes touching tribute to servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day

  • The Duchess of Cambridge has posted a heartfelt tribute to servicemen and women to mark Armed Forces Day
  • The Duchess, 40, used the Instagram account she shares with Prince William to honour ‘brave men and women, past and present’
  • She shared never-before-seen photos of herself on a visit to a training academy for new recruits last November
  • Kate was all smiles as she sat in the cockpit of a fighter jet and donned a helmet  

Kate Middleton has paid tribute to brave servicemen and women to mark Armed Forces Day.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, used the Instagram account she shares with Prince William to write a personal message marking the occasion.

She also shared new photos of herself helping out on a visit to a British Army base in November last year, when she visited Pirbright Training Academy to meet new recruits. 

In a heartfelt message, she wrote: ‘Today on Armed Forces Day, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past and present, serving in all of our armed forces, at sea, on land and in the air, here in the UK and around the world.

The Duchess of Cambridge sat in the cockpit of a fighter jet on her visit to the training base

The Duchess of Cambridge sat in the cockpit of a fighter jet on her visit to the training base

Kate proved she likes to get in on the action as photos showed her getting to know the equipment on the training base

Kate proved she likes to get in on the action as photos showed her getting to know the equipment on the training base

Kate was all smiles on her visit as she met with trainers and new recruits

Kate was all smiles on her visit as she met with trainers and new recruits 

The Duchess visited the Pirbright Training Academy to learn about how new recruits are getting trained up

The Duchess visited the Pirbright Training Academy to learn about how new recruits are getting trained up 

Clad in khaki, Kate met with new recruits and trainers during the trip to Pirbright Training Academy last November

Clad in khaki, Kate met with new recruits and trainers during the trip to Pirbright Training Academy last November

Thank you for all you and your families sacrifice to keep us safe.’

She added: ‘Last year, I was honoured to spend time with the @BritishArmy to see how they train serving personnel and new recruits. 

‘It was wonderful to see first-hand the many important and varied roles the military play day in, day out to protect us all, and I look forward to discovering more about the @RoyalNavy and @RoyalAirForceUK in due course.’

To show she personally had posted the message, she signed off with a ‘C’. 

The Duchess, who celebrated her husband’s 40th birthday earlier this week, lashed a cheeky grin in one photo while donning a helmet, and in others she met with trainee soldiers.

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday in June every year, to commemmorate men and women who have previously served or are currently serving in the British armed forces.

Kate proved once again that she likes to get in on the action earlier this week as she had a kickabout and sipped on a beer during a visit to Cambridge with Prince William. 

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