Kate Middleton put on a stylish display as she arrived in Cumbria

Kate Middleton cut a casual figure today as she met with surviving ‘Windermere children’ who were rescued from concentration camps and taken to the Lake District during a visit to Cumbria. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, who is Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, is in the area to highlight the beneficial, lifelong impact that nature and the outdoors can have on young people.  

The mother-of-three was practical as she arrived at the event, wearing a smart checked blazer and a pair of black jeans.

The royal finished the look with her £250 trusty brown suede See By Chloé boots, which feature leather trim detailing on a round-toe, lace-up base.

Kate Middleton put on a stylish display as she arrived in Cumbria this afternoon where she will carry out visits highlighting the beneficial, lifelong impact that nature and the outdoors can have on young people

Kate Middleton put on a stylish display as she arrived in Cumbria this afternoon where she will carry out visits highlighting the beneficial, lifelong impact that nature and the outdoors can have on young people

The mother-of-three was practical as she arrived at the event, wearing a smart checked blazer and a pair of black jeans.

The mother-of-three was practical as she arrived at the event, wearing a smart checked blazer and a pair of black jeans. 

The royal began her day by begin the day by joining a group of Air Cadets taking part in a number of outdoor activities, including mountain biking. 

The mother-of-three’s visit will mark the re-opening of the RAF Air Cadets’ Windermere Adventure Training Centre following a £2m refit. 

The centre will enable hundreds of cadets from across the UK to be able to visit the Lake District each year and take part in a wide variety of activities, allowing them to build their confidence and leadership skills and achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. 

The Duchess passionately believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children and young people’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last over a lifetime by encouraging active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships. 

Kate embarked on a boat trip with two of the ‘Windermere Children’, a group of 300 child Holocaust survivors who came to stay in the Lake District in 1945 for a period of recuperation following the atrocities they experienced in concentration camps and the ghettos of Nazi Occupied Europe. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, arriving for a boat trip at Lake Windermere in Cumbria, United Kingdom, with two of the 'Windermere Children', a group of 300 child Holocaust survivors who came to stay in the Lake District in 1945

The Duchess of Cambridge, arriving for a boat trip at Lake Windermere in Cumbria, United Kingdom, with two of the ‘Windermere Children’, a group of 300 child Holocaust survivors who came to stay in the Lake District in 1945

The Duchess wanted to be able to meet some of the survivors in person and hear their stories, having previously learnt about the history of the Windermere Children. 

The royal could be seen carefully climbing aboard the boat where she spoke with members of the Windermere children.  

During the boat trip she heard about the ways in which their time in the Lakes and the innovative support that they received at the Calgarth Estate, including outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy, allowed them to be able to begin 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 to go on to 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 about the experiences of the Windermere Children. 

It is 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 delay the ceremony twice in the last year due to Covid, before finally announcing they had tied the knot in Bormes-les-Mimosas in Provence at the weekend.

They were twice forced to push back their wedding date, with James saying in a post on Instagram in September last year: ‘It’s a year since I asked Alizée to marry me… what a year it’s been!

‘Two homes, lockdown, two attempts at a wedding, a litter of [dog emoji], launching of new company @ella.co, a beard shave and much more but the best part is that I get to share it with you @alizeethevenet and I can’t wait to take on whatever the future holds for us.’

In a photograph posted by the Mayor of Bormes-les-Mimosas online, Alizee, 32, could be seen wearing a floor length off-the shoulder gown, while James, 34, beamed at the camera while wearing a full white suit and 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 the Chateau Leoube, an exclusive vineyard in the village that produces some of the region’s finest rose wine.

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