This November 8th, 2023, Kate Middleton made history as the first Princess of Wales to serve as Colonel-in-Chief of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards.
Meet highlights of his memorable first visit to the Norfolk Regiment.
Kate Middleton in Norfolk
The Princess of Wales looked every part the military royal as she arrived at Robertson Barracks wearing a camouflage coat and helmet.
Her ensemble featured a poppy pin, a symbol worn by the royal family each November ahead of Remembrance Day to honor fallen soldiers.
Kate received briefings from senior officers and experienced critical aspects of life as a service member.
She got hands-on with reconnaissance drones, a key capability the Queen’s Dragoon Guards use to gather intelligence.
The princess even got behind the wheel of an armored vehicle, which she reportedly called “very responsive.”
The Princess of Wales made time to speak with military families as well. Kate had an especially memorable chat with Kate Ormston, whose husband and children are a part of the regiment.
Ormston shared that the princess “introduced herself to the children and asked their names and ages,” calling her “really down to earth and friendly.”
Before departing, Kate paid tribute to those the regiment has lost and presented service medals and a promotion.
The princess had the honor of advancing the regiment’s pony mascot, Trooper Emrys Jones, from Lance Corporal to full Corporal.
The solo outing gave the world a glimpse of Kate Middleton assuming greater military duties as Princess of Wales.
She took up the post of Colonel-in-Chief this summer when King Charles awarded both her and Prince William new roles upon his accession.
While Prince William addressed wildlife trafficking in Singapore, Kate honored Britain’s armed forces.
With Remembrance Day approaching, the princess’s visit highlighted her commitment to the regiment and remembering their sacrifices.
As this debut showed, we can expect to see Colonel-in-Chief Kate play an increasingly prominent part in military traditions and ceremonies.