The Princess of Wales showcased her down-to-earth nature as she visited the Irish Guards for the first time since becoming honorary colonel today.
Kate Middleton, 41, was almost unrecognisable as she dressed in camouflage kit for the engagement at the snowy Salisbury Plain Training Area this morning.
There, she braved freezing temperatures and snow to help administer first aid to a wounded soldier as part of an exercise.
In the drill, members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards were on foot patrol when they came under fire from an enemy.
The exercise involved a soldier suffering a gunshot wound to his lower left leg and being evacuated from the scene by his colleagues.
She could be seen crouching down in the snow as she took part in the exercise, staying warm with a khaki beanie hat and a thick polo neck beneath her camouflage jacket.
Today’s appearance marks the first time Kate has visited the Irish Guards in her new position as honorary Colonel – she was promoted to her first Army role in December, taking over the position from Prince William.
It comes as Kate’s brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed they have christened her niece ‘Princess Lilibet Diana’ in a small ceremony at their home in California.
The Princess of Wales showcased her down-to-earth nature as she visited the Irish Guards for the first time since becoming honorary Colonel today
There, the royal mother-of-three took part in a training exercise which saw her learning how to carry out battlefield casualty drills to deliver care to injured soldiers
She could be seen crouching down in the snow as she took part in the exercise as well as inspecting machinery
Kate Middleton was almost unrecognisable as she dressed in camouflage kit for the engagement at the snowy Salisbury Plain Training Area this morning
Despite the cold weather, Kate appeared in good spirtis and was enthusiastic as she spoke with members of the Irish Guards
The Princess swept her brunette locks into a plait for the occasion today, and kept warm by wearing a beanie hat.
Meanwhile she kept her makeup neutral, with a sweep of dark eyeliner across her lid and a touch of nude lipstick.
She opted for her £155 Berghaus Supalite hiking boots for the engagement, which she has worn on a number of other occasions over the past few years.
Kate has long accompanied her husband to the St Patrick’s Day parades of the Irish Guards, handing out sprigs of shamrock – but now will be the regiment’s honorary colonel in her own right.
During one exercise, she assisted Lance Corporal Jodie Newell in administering first aid. She applied a tourniquet to his lower left leg to stop the bleeding.
The soldier was then moved onto a stretcher where Kate helped with assessing him for further injuries to his torso.
She was taken on a tour of the Salisbury Plain training area by Major General Christopher Ghika, commander of the Army in London and the Household Division, and Lieutenant Colonel James Aldridge, commander of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
Kate heard first-hand about the work members of the battalion have undertaken recently, including meeting guardsmen who have been deployed on security work in Africa, which includes training park rangers on counter-poaching operations.
The royal, who a green combat uniform with the rank of colonel, also received a briefing on counter-explosive ordnance – the de-mining training being delivered by the Irish Guards to Ukrainian armed forces.
Finally, she viewed several of the different types of weapons used by the Irish Guards.
Lieutenant Colonel Aldridge said his battalion was delighted to welcome Kate to Salisbury Plain for her first visit as Royal Colonel.
He said: ‘It is particularly fitting on International Women’s Day that a few of our female soldiers met such an inspiring female role model.
‘It is a real honour for all the guardsmen to meet their Royal Colonel in the field here on Salisbury Plain and demonstrate a few of our basic operational skills.’
Buckingham Palace announced Kate’s new role in December, ahead of this year’s Trooping the Colour, which has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for more than 250 years.
The King’s Birthday Parade – Charles’s first – will take place on the slightly later date of June 17. The King’s actual birthday is November 14.
The Princess got stuck into the training exercise, despite the freezing weather, during her visit earlier today
During one exercise, the Princess could be seen helping to treat a ‘wounded soldier’ during the snowy visit
The royal mother-of-three took part in a training exercise which saw her learning how to carry out battlefield casualty drills to deliver care to injured soldiers
The Princess appeared to be listening intently as she spoke with the soldiers during the exercise
The Princess has been learning how to treat battlefield casualties during a training exercise with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on Salisbury Plain on her first visit to the regiment since becoming honorary Colonel
Action Queen! The Princess of Wales kept warm from the freezing weather with a green beanie hat and jumper
Today’s appearance marks the first time Kate has visited the Irish Guards in her new position as honorary Colonel – she was promoted to her first Army role in December, taking over the position from Prince William
It will see the Household Division on Horse Guards Parade, with the monarch attending and taking the salute. There are seven regiments of the senior military unit, which is responsible for delivering state ceremonial and public duties.
The reigning monarch normally holds the appointment of colonel-in-chief of the regiments, but each one also has a colonel who is normally either a member of the Royal Family or a senior officer.
The Irish Guards have been a part of the British army since 1900, when they were founded by a royal decree from Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irishmen who died fighting during the Boer War.
Since then, the Guards, who, like all Guards regiments boasted the late Queen as their colonel-in-chief, have fought in all the major 20th century conflicts and, more recently, led the British advance into Basra during the Iraq War in 2003.
The Irish Guards were also among the last units to be deployed to Afghanistan and in 2013, were drafted in to play a mentoring role for local Afghan troops before being returned to the UK in time for the Queen’s birthday parade.
The visit concluded with The Princess viewing a demonstration of the weapon systems used by the Irish Guards
Despite the freezing temperature and snowy conditions, Kate was in high spirits for the royal visit today
The Princess was beaming with laughter as she chatted the soldiers during the visit earlier today
She opted for her £155 Berghaus Supalite hiking boots for the engagement, which she has worn on a number of other occasions over the past few years
The Princess strode through the snow during her visit to the Irish Guards, on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
The Princess, who is known for her down-to-earth nature, appeared unphased by the snowy weather and happy to chat with soldiers during her visit
The Princess looked elegant in her khaki outfit, sweeping her brunette locks into a plait for the outing
Today’s engagement from Kate came as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they had hosted a religious ceremony to christen their daughter Lilibet last Friday which was carried out by the Bishop of Los Angeles, the Reverend John Taylor
Today’s engagement from Kate came as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they had hosted a religious ceremony to christen their daughter Lilibet last Friday which was carried out by the Bishop of Los Angeles, the Reverend John Taylor.
The couple have been entitled to use ‘Princess’ for Lilibet since the accession to the throne of King Charles last September – and have now chosen to do so.
It has been claimed that King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate were all invited to the christening but did not attend – although Buckingham Palace has not confirmed this.
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said today: ‘I can confirm that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor.’
It is the first time Lili has been publicly referred to as princess. It is also understood that HRH will be ‘held in abeyance’, which describes a state of temporary disuse.
The royal mother-of-three was beaming with joy as she chatted with the Irish Guards during her visit today
Today’s appearance marks the first time Kate has visited the Irish Guards in her new position as Colonel – she was promoted to her first Army role in December, taking over the position from Prince William
The Princess also spoke with Guardsmen of Number One and Number Two Company, who have been recently deployed on Security Force Assistance tasks across East Africa in which they train and assist foreign forces
The Princess swept her brunette locks into a plait for the occasion today, keeping her makeup neutral
Buckingham Palace currently refers to Lilibet as ‘Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor’.
The title is in line with the precedent created by letters patent issued by George V in 1917 which conferred Prince or Princess on male line grandchildren of the Sovereign.
It is understood 21-month-old Lili’s title of princess and Archie’s title as a prince will be used in formal settings, but not in everyday conversational use by the couple.
Royal journalist Omid Scobie, who is close to the Sussexes, reported that ‘King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, Princess Kate were invited but didn’t attend’. It is not known whether any other Royal Family members were present.
People magazine reported that there were between 20 and 30 guests at the event, including Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Lilibet’s godfather Tyler Perry.
The filmmaker had been spotted paying a visit to Harry and Meghan’s Montecito home last Friday and at a airport in Los Angeles where he boarded his private jet.