Kate gets in driver’s seat of tank and pays touching Armed Forces Day tribute

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Kate Middleton got a taste of life in the Army during her visit to Pirbright Training Academy (Picture: PA)

Newly released photographs show the Duchess of Cambridge dressed in camouflage and helping out at a British Army base.

Kate Middleton is seen getting to grips with the equipment at Pirbright Training Academy and jumping into the driver’s seat of a tank.

The duchess saw first-hand how new recruits and serving personnel are trained, and even took part in some exercises herself.

She shared photos of her visit in November on her and Prince William’s Instagram account in honour of Armed Forces Day today.

They echo similar pictures of Princess Diana sitting in the driver’s seat of a tank in 1988, and a young Prince Harry doing the same in 1993 wearing a slightly-too-big helmet.

In a heartfelt message, she wrote: ‘Today on Armed Forces Day, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past and present, serving in all of our armed forces, at sea, on land and in the air, here in the UK and around the world.

‘Thank you for all you and your families’ sacrifice to keep us safe.’

She added: ‘Last year, I was honoured to spend time with the @BritishArmy to see how they train serving personnel and new recruits.

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The Duchess of Cambridge gets to grips with the equipment at the base (Picture: PA)
NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2022, WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. This photograph is provided to you strictly on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. There shall be no commercial use whatsoever of the photographs (including by way of example only) any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-news editorial use. The photographs must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. Undated handout photo released to mark Armed Forces Day issued by Kensington Palace, of the Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to Pirbright Training Academy in November last year where she spent time with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield to see first-hand how new recruits and serving personnel are trained. The Duchess participated in some of the training exercises and spent time speaking to personnel about their experiences in the British Army. Issue date: Saturday June 25, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Forces. Photo credit should read: Kensington Palace/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Kate learned how new recruits are trained up (Picture: PA)
File photo dated 29/7/1993 of Prince Harry during a visit to the barracks of the Light Dragoons in Hanover, Germany. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed sitting in an armoured vehicle in pictures released on Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day. Issue date: Saturday June 25, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Forces. Photo credit should read: Martin Keene/PA Wire
The newly released photos echo this snap of a young Prince Harry visiting the barracks of the Light Dragoons in Hanover, Germany (Picture: PA)
NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2022, WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM KENSINGTON PALACE. This photograph is provided to you strictly on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. There shall be no commercial use whatsoever of the photographs (including by way of example only) any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-news editorial use. The photographs must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. Undated handout photo released to mark Armed Forces Day issued by Kensington Palace, of the Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to Pirbright Training Academy in November last year where she spent time with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield to see first-hand how new recruits and serving personnel are trained. The Duchess participated in some of the training exercises and spent time speaking to personnel about their experiences in the British Army. Issue date: Saturday June 25, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Forces. Photo credit should read: Kensington Palace/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Kate shared the photos with a heartfelt tribute to the ‘brave men and women’ of the Armed Forces (Picture: PA)
File photo dated 23/6/1988 of the Princess of Wales in the driving seat of the 'Striker' tank, getting instructions from Sgt Chris O'Byrne on Salisbury Plain. The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed sitting in in an armoured vehicle in pictures released on Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day. Issue date: Saturday June 25, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Forces. Photo credit should read: Ron Bell/PA Wire
Princess Diana in the driving seat of the ‘Striker’ tank in 1988 (Picture: PA)
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Kate spoke to recruits about their experiences in the Armed Forces (Picture: PA)

‘It was wonderful to see first-hand the many important and varied roles the military play day in, day out to protect us all, and I look forward to discovering more about the @RoyalNavy and @RoyalAirForceUK in due course.’

She signed the message of with a ‘C’, for Catherine, to show she had personally posted the tribute message.

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday of Jun eto honour the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the British Armed Forces.

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