Kate Middleton recycles Alexander McQueen coat as she joins Prince William at an air cadet base

The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of elegance in a favourite D&G coat as she visited an air cadet base today. 

Kate, 39, donned the black coat with gold button detailing as she joined husband Prince William on a tour of the 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps.

The visit, which takes place on the Queen‘s 95th birthday, was carried out in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief of the squadron for 63 years before Kate took over as Commandant-in-Chief in 2015. 

Demure Duchess: The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of elegance in a favourite D&G coat as she visited an air cadet base today

Demure Duchess: The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of elegance in a favourite D&G coat as she visited an air cadet base today

Favourite piece: Kate Middleton previously wore the military-inspired coat, which falls to just below the knees, on Remembrance Sunday in 2017 (pictured, with the Countess of Wessex)

Favourite piece: Kate Middleton previously wore the military-inspired coat, which falls to just below the knees, on Remembrance Sunday in 2017 (pictured, with the Countess of Wessex)

The Queen is currently observing a two-week mourning period and Kate reflected the sombre mood with her black ensemble. 

She previously wore the military-inspired coat, which falls to just below the knees, on Remembrance Sunday in 2017. At the time she was pregnant with Prince Louis.

Today she paired the simple piece with a pair of suede Tod’s pumps with a chunky block heel and a simple clutch. 

In keeping with the ‘less is more’ look, Kate wore her brunette locks loose around her shoulders and kept her makeup natural.  

Special visit: Kate, 39, donned the black coat with gold button detailing as she joined husband Prince William on a tour of the 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps

Special visit: Kate, 39, donned the black coat with gold button detailing as she joined husband Prince William on a tour of the 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps

Look elegant like the Duchess of Cambridge in a coat by Dolce & Gabbana

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps today, and of course Kate was the picture of understated elegance.

She repeated a black coat by Dolce & Gabbana, which she wore back in 2017, adding her favourite block heel pumps by Tod’s.

We love the collarless design and military-inspired gold buttons on this coat. The buttons are enough of a feature on this otherwise simple style, plus the cut is super flattering.

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Good spirits: During the visit to 282 Squadron, The Duke and Duchess met cadets taking part in field craft exercises and leadership tasks, before speaking to a number of the young people who are preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Good spirits: During the visit to 282 Squadron, The Duke and Duchess met cadets taking part in field craft exercises and leadership tasks, before speaking to a number of the young people who are preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards

During the visit  Kate was guided through a flight on the Grob Tutor, which is used by the RAF for elementary training, 

The couple were also treated to a moving three cheers for the Duke of Edinburgh during the visit.

Established in 1941, the Air Cadets is a UK-wide cadet force with more than 32,000 members aged between 12-19 years old. 

During the visit to 282 Squadron, The Duke and Duchess met cadets taking part in field craft exercises and leadership tasks, before speaking to a number of the young people who are preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. 

Ready for anything: During the visit Kate was guided through a flight on the Grob Tutor, which is used by the RAF for elementary training

Ready for anything: During the visit Kate was guided through a flight on the Grob Tutor, which is used by the RAF for elementary training

Each year, the Air Cadets receives approximately 3,000 Duke of Edinburgh Awards across the scheme’s Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, amounting to over 193,000 Awards since the programme began in 1956.

The Duke and Duchess also spoke with a group of serving RAF officers who were all previously cadets and heard more about how the scheme help them to gain important life and social skills which they have taken forward into their careers. 

It comes just three days after the Duke and Duchess joined family including Prince Harry at the Duke of Edinburgh’s intimate funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.  

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