Princess Kate Wears Full Camouflage As She Debuts New Military Title

Princess Catherine is getting her hands dirty.

The royal today made her debut as Colonel-in-Chief of the 1st the Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) Regiment—a title she was given by King Charles III this summer—by visiting the unit for the first time and dressing in full uniform.

The Princess of Wales put on a full green camouflage vest and helmet over her sleek black pants and lace-up boots. She received a brief from the regiment’s senior officers and learned about some of the soldiers’ on-the-ground techniques—such as their use of drones and radios.

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The QDG specializes in reconnaissance: the act of making contact with the enemy and understanding how they operate, in order to defeat them. The regiment has been deployed all over the world, including for many peacekeeping missions.

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Kate also met with families of QDG personnel to hear about their experiences, and paid tribute to the lives lost in active service, ahead of Remembrance Day. At the end, she handed out some awards—including long service and good conduct medals—to a few individuals in the regiment, and even promoted the regiment’s mascot, a Bay Welsh mountain pony named Trooper Longface Emrys Jones, from lance corporal to corporal.

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Kate also has two other military titles: Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Coningsby.

Queen Camilla, Prince William, Kate, and the monarch himself all got new military titles following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. “Following His Majesty’s Accession, the King is pleased to announce further military appointments for working members of the Royal Family,” the royal family posted on X in August. “The new appointments will continue to reflect the close relationship between the Armed Forces and the Royal Family in His Majesty’s reign.”

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