The Princess of Wales headed to Somerset on Monday for a visit to a military base, and she brought a vibrant pair of citrines along with her for the occasion.
Princess Catherine arrived at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton for a visit on Monday, meeting with personnel and touring the base’s facilities and aircrafts. Yeovilton is one of the busiest military airfields in the United Kingdom.
The visit was connected to Kate’s appointment as Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm, a new role she received from her father-in-law, the King, in August.
During her visit, Kate toured the air traffic control tower.
She also helped load a training Sea Venom anti ship missile onto a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter.
One of the highlights of the visit turned out to be a demonstration of survival equipment.
Kate, well aware of what was going to happen when she pulled the toggle to inflate her lifejacket, winced and laughed when the jacket very quickly inflated.
One of the equipment technicians, Louise Evans-Hughes, came to the rescue and helped deflate the jacket a little to make it more comfortable.
Kate wore a dark jacket and trousers for the visit.
Her jacket’s gold buttons coordinated with the earrings she chose: cushion-cut citrine drops, suspended from yellow gold hoops, from Kiki McDonough.
Kate has had the earrings in her collection for a decade. Above, she wears them at Cheltenham in March 2013.
She paired them with a deep red coat for a visit to a family intervention organization in Wales in February 2017.
And most recently, we saw her wear the earrings during the royal tour of Jamaica. She wore them for her departure from Kingston, paired with the Doctor Bird Brooch, loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth II.
Here’s another look at the earrings from Monday’s outing. The honey color of the citrines popped beautifully against Kate’s dark hair and jacket, adding some subtle sparkle and coordinating nicely with the other gold touches in her outfit.
Speaking of those other gold touches—there was one particularly important one on display. Kate pinned the gold badge of the Fleet Air Arm to the lapel of her jacket, reinforcing her new connection to the aviation force.