Kate Middleton met today with military personnel and civilians who helped drive Afghans out of their country.
The Duchess of Cambridge is visiting RAF Breeze Norton to return to Royal Duty after taking a summer break.
She spoke to participants in Operation Pitting, in which more than 15,000 people were evacuated from Kabul during August, including thousands of Arap (Afghan Rehabilitation and Assistance Policy) applicants and their dependents.
More than 850 people arrived at the RAF base in Oxfordshire and were provided with practical assistance such as food, clothing, children’s toys and medical aid while their details were processed.
During her visit, the Duchess met with RAF aircrew and medics who supported the evacuation at Kabul Airport, and civilians and volunteers set up a repatriation center at RAF Breeze Norton.
She smiled at the soldiers wearing a simple beige blazer, navy pants, plain white shirt and £325 Harry Hall leather handbag.
Operation Pitting involved every unit at the military base, with personnel serving with the Royal Navy, the Army, local authorities and aid organizations in Afghanistan and Britain.
Bridge Norton’s entire fleet of RAF transport aircraft flew round the clock to support the evacuation, including a record flight for an RAF C17 Globemaster carrying 439 passengers out of Kabul.
The aircraft involved in the operation also carried supplies ranging from clothing and baby food for the evacuation.
Today was Kate’s first official royal visit since July 11, when she visited the Euro 2020 final with Prince William and Prince George.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan Markle have been included in Time magazine’s list of the top 100 most influential people.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were praised in the publication for “running towards the struggle” in the world, where “everyone has an opinion about those they don’t know”.
But fans were quick to comment on how “weird” her picture appeared alongside the profile.
It appears on the cover along with several other TIME100 cover stars, and follows the likes of Barack Obama, the first black US President, who has also been featured in the past.
The announcement came as Harry is celebrating his 37th birthday in the US.
Wills and Kate were quick to send their best wishes to the royal family, tweeting on their Kensington Royal account: “Happy Birthday Prince Harry!”
The Queen also paid tribute to her grandson, saying: “Happy birthday to the Duke of Sussex today!”