After a summer break filled with memorable moments with her family, Kate Middleton will finally return to her royal duties this Wednesday. The Duchess will be visiting RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, and there she will be meeting with a number of people who helped in the UK’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan.
Operation PITTING, the largest humanitarian aid operation for over 70 years, was done from 14 to the 28th of August, and during that time more than 15,000 people were flown out of Kabul by the Royal Air Force. RAF Brize Norton welcomed over 850 during those two weeks, where they were provided with food, clothing, children’s toys, medical support, and childcare and sanitary products whilst their details were processed.
During this engagement, Kate will meet with both military personnel and civilians who were directly involved in the effort, such as RAF aircrew and medics, who supported evacuees at Kabul airport, to the civilians and volunteers, who set up a Repatriation Center at RAF Brize Norton, managing to provide key supplies and support to all, as more and more people arrive in the UK.
Operation PITTING included every unit based at RAF Brize Norton, with personnel supporting the operation alongside the Royal Navy, British Army, local authorities, and aid organizations in Afghanistan and the UK.
This is her first royal engagement after the summer break, with her most recent outing being a secret one, as she and Prince William, along with their three children, travelled to the south of France to attend the wedding of her younger brother James Middleton and Alizée Thevenet last Saturday.
The Cambridge family spent most of the summer at their country home, Anmer Hall, located in Norfolk, away from the busy streets of London and all the media. However, they did make a few trips as well, such as a family holiday to the Isles of Scilly with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and a visit to the Queen at Balmoral in August.