Echoes of Princess Diana as Kate Middleton smiles wearing a helmet while standing in a military tank to celebrate Armed Forces Day
- The Duchess of Cambridge looks like Princess Diana
- Kate shared photos of her wearing a helmet in an armored vehicle at Bearbright
- It is very similar to the photos of Diana taken in a tank on a visit to the army in 1998
Kate Middleton echoed Princess Diana’s smile in a helmet while standing in a military tank to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, has shared new photos of herself helping out with an armored vehicle on a visit to Pirbright Training Academy where she met new recruits last November.
The photos evoke memories of the late princess as she bore an uncanny resemblance when she also wore a helmet while driving a tank while visiting the Royal Hampshire Regiment in Tidworth in 1998.
The photos come amid speculation that the Duchess may soon take on an honorary military role, which if it happens will also reflect Diana, who was appointed Colonel-General of the 13th/18th Royal Knights a year after her visit to Tedworth.
Kate used the Instagram account she shares with Prince William to write a personal message to mark the occasion.
In a heartfelt letter, she wrote: “Today on Armed Forces Day, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past and present, who have served in all 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 a military tank while visiting the training base at the Pirbright Training Academy
She mirrored Princess Diana, who also wore a helmet while driving an armored vehicle with the Royal Hampshire Regiment at Tidworth in 1988
Kate proved that she loves to take part in the event as photos showed her getting to know the equipment at the training base
Kate was smiling on her visit when she met the new coaches and recruits
The Duchess visited the Pirbright Training Academy to learn how to train new recruits
Wearing khakis, Kate met the new recruits and coaches during the trip to the Pirbright Training Academy last November.
“Thank you for all the sacrifices you and your family made to keep us safe.”
She added: ‘Last year I had the honor to spend some time with BritishArmy to see how they train working personnel and new recruits.
“It has been great to see the many important and diverse roles the military plays day in and day out to protect us all, and I look forward to discovering more about RoyalNavy and RoyalAirForceUK in due course.”
To show that she personally posted the message, she signed the letter “C”.
The Duchess, who celebrated her husband’s 40th birthday earlier this week, appeared with a shy smile in one photo wearing a helmet, and in others she met the trained soldiers.
She has now visited members of the military, and there are plans for Kate – a military wife when Prince William was a search and rescue pilot in North Wales – to spend time with those serving in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
Armed Forces Day is held on the last Saturday in June every year, to commemorate the men and women who have previously served or are currently serving in the British Armed Forces.
Kate once again proved that she loves to get in on the action earlier this week as she went out for a beer during a visit to Cambridge with Prince William.
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