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Princess Kate and Prince William take George, Charlotte and Louis to air show - best photos

The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire with their children


William, Kate and George, Charlotte and Louis at royal air show© Getty
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
Updated: July 14, 2023
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SUMMARY

  • The Prince and Princess of Wales make surprise appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo with their children
  • George, Charlotte and Louis tour jets, helicopters and historic aircraft
  • Princess Kate wears pinstripe blazer by Italian label
  • Video highlights from the day
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Show's over

Kate Middleton wearing grey blazer white top and belted trousers at Air Tattoo© Getty
The children looked like they had a fun day

Kensington Palace revealed that the family stayed to watch some of the air display at the end of their visit. 

We're signing off now but we hope the Wales children have a fantastic summer break! 

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Highlights from the Wales family outing

Watch the moment that George was all smiles as he was put in charge of task...

WATCH: William and Kate take children to air show

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Kate's next outing

Kate Middleton wearing grey pinstripe blazer with husband Prince William and children George Charlotte and Louis© Getty
Kate looked stunning in pinstripes and smart trousers as she braved the rain

After a day out at the royal air show, the Princess of Wales will return to Wimbledon to watch the ladies' singles final on Saturday.

Kate will be back on Centre Court to watch Czech Marketa Vondrousova take on Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

As a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), the princess is a regular face at SW19.

Kate last visited Wimbledon on the tournament's second day, when she was forced to shelter under an umbrella as showers poured down on Court 18, where she was watching British number one Katie Boulter.

In the afternoon, she took her seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court where she was joined by former champion and family friend Roger Federer.

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Meet and greet

Catherine, Princess of Wales meets Cadets in the Techno Zone© Getty
Kate meeting cadets

Kate meeting Cadets in the Techno Zone, which aims to inspire young people into exploring science, technology, engineering and maths. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales have a strong relationship with the RAF, with the Prince having served with the Search and Rescue Force for over three years, based at RAF Valley in Anglesey. 

The Prince is Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Coningsby and The Princess is Honorary Air Commodore of the Air Cadets.

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School's out for the summer

The Prince and Princess of Wales Visit The Air Tattoo with Louis George and Charlotte© Getty
The Prince and Princess of Wales were joined by their children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Friday's outing marked the first time the Wales children have been seen publicly since the King's birthday parade - Trooping the Colour - on 17 June. 

George sported a blue polo top with khaki trousers and boots, while Charlotte looked sweet in a striped collared Breton dress with a white cardigan. 

Meanwhile, Louis donned his signature uniform of a shirt, jumper and shorts. 

SEE: Prince Louis looks so grown up as he perfects royal wave at air show 

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Royal style

Kate Middleton wearing checked blazer at Air Tattoo© Getty
The Princess of Wales looked chic in a checked blazer

The Princess of Wales opted to wear a beige pinstripe blazer by Italian label,  Blazé Milano over a simple white top and navy fitted trousers for her family day out. 

The royal mum-of-three finished her ensemble with a pair of practical flats and gold chunky earrings. 

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Like father, like son

Prince George tries his hand at raising the ramp on the plane© Getty
Prince George tries his hand at raising the ramp on the plane

Prince George shares his father's interest in aircraft, and during his first visit to the royal air show in 2016, he asked:  "Mummy, can I fly the Red Arrow now?" 

William was an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and a helicopter pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, when George was just a baby. 

The future king left the air ambulance in 2017 to become a full-time working royal. 

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End of term treat

Prince Louis sits in a vehicle at air show© Getty
Prince Louis sits in a vehicle at the air show

The children appeared to be in the element as they were given a tour of the various jets, helicopters and historic planes, with Louis enthusiastically jumping into a vehicle. 

George, Charlotte and Louis, who attend Lambrook school in Berkshire, have begun their school summer holidays. 

While William and Kate usually spend the day privately with their children, they traditionally spend time at the royal family's Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle, in August - with the King hosting for the first time this year. 

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First photos

Wales family at the Air Tattoo© Getty
The family boarding a C17 plane

The family's first stop was a huge C-17 transporter aircraft, which was used to transport the late Queen Elizabeth II's coffin in the days ahead of her funeral last September.

William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis were dressed in smart casual attire, with the youngest royals wearing navy plimsolls. 

They shook hands with senior members of the RAF before they were ushered up the huge ramp of the transport plane with their parents.

George, who turns ten on 22 July, was given the task of partially raising the ramp and could be seen pressing the button as his father watched on.

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William and Kate arrive at air show with George, Charlotte and Louis

The Prince and Princess of Wales have stepped out to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, much to the surprise of their fellow visitors.

The couple have been joined by Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, who are now enjoying the school summer holidays.

The event was a return visit for George who was taken to the show by his parents in 2016, aged three, and was pictured wearing ear defenders at the time.

The family’s is first stop was a huge C-17 transporter aircraft, which was used to transport the late Queen’s coffin in the days ahead of her funeral last September.

Join us as we bring you all the photos from their family outing...

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