Duchess of Cambridge steps into the cockpit at RAF Wittering

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

She joined the cadets, who are in the first months of their training, in a personal development lesson and also tried out a flight simulator.

Kate viewed a single-engine trainer aircraft with the cadets and then took to the controls of the simulator. She followed in the footsteps of her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, who both are helicopter pilots. With her hair in a low ponytail and natural make-up, it was another effortlessly stylish look from the Duchess.

On Tuesday, February 14, The Duchess visited an RAF base to observe air cadets participating in a half-term skills development camp at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough.

In December 2015, the Duchess of Cambridge became royal patron and Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets.

Kate brought her son, Prince George, 3, to the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, last July when she last visited the cadets. "Very often people are too rough but she had it exactly right", Salter tells PEOPLE.

Kate told him she hadn't flown before "but she wanted to understand what the feeling was like in the air". There are 41,000 cadets ages 12-19 and 15,000 adult volunteers in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Group Captain Richard Pratley, RAF Wittering Station Commander, said: "It has been an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge to RAF Wittering to see some of the facilities we offer to cadets to help inspire the next generation".

Their full itinerary has yet to be announced but will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France.

The timing of the trip is also particularly significant given Britain's post-Brexit negotiations with the rest of Europe.

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