Kate Middleton made an unexpected public appearance. The wife of Prince William spent International Women’s Day at the firing range, where she met members of the Irish Guard. She wore a camouflage jacket, skinny jeans, sharp boots and a knit cap to visit the soldiers.
The Princess of Wales was on patrol with soldiers during the exercise and learned first aid from the military. Kate was keen to ask questions about the work of medics in the army and put a tourniquet on the leg of a ‘wounded soldier’ herself. Lance Corporal Jodie Newell, who trained the Princess of Wales in first aid, told reporters:
“It’s amazing that Kate visited the training ground just on International Women’s Day. So nice to see a woman as our colonel.”
The visit to the military training exercise was Kate Middleton’s first event in the title of Colonel of the Irish Guards. The post had previously been held by her husband, Prince William.
Kate Middleton had previously visited Oxford House Nursing Home in Slough, Berkshire. The Princess of Wales met staff and residents and took part in local activities. During her visit, Kate learned more about the institution’s use of cutting-edge interactive technology to stimulate and enrich daily life. She also joined guests as they took part in a Shrovetide pancake making event and then visited the home’s award-winning garden.