The Duchess of Cambridge has carried out her first engagement as Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets today, attending a special service to mark their 75th anniversary.

Kate assumed the role in December, taking over the post from the Duke of Edinburgh who had held the position for over 60 years.

She arrived at the church of St Clement Danes in central London wearing a blue Alexander McQueen coat with a diamond and ruby Dacre brooch.

In a message in the order of service the Duchess said "the Air Cadets bring genuine benefit to our young people and indeed wider society."

In a message in the order of service the Duchess said 'the Air Cadets bring genuine benefit to our young people.' Credit: PA

She later headed to a reception at the Royal Courts of Justice to meet with the young recruits.

Carol Vorderman, a qualified pilot and an Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets said the Duchess was ideal for the role.

Her Husband is a pilot. Her brother-in-law is a pilot. Her father-in-law is a pilot. Her mum used to work in an airline. She obviously has a great appreciation of the military and enthusiasm for youth.

Carol Vorderman
Carol Vorderman is an Ambassador for the cadets. Credit: PA

The Duchess now represents 42,000 air cadets aged from 12 to 19, and 15,000 adult volunteers at more than 1,200 units across the UK and abroad.

The RAF Air Cadets comprises both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF).

The ATC was first established in 1941 during the Second World War, with the aim of training young men in aviation skills before they joined the RAF.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets with the young cadets. Credit: PA