Being a royal family member certainly has its perks.
Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday took all three of their children — Prince George, 9; Princess Charlotte, 8; and Prince Louis, 5 — on a royal outing to a Royal Air Force station. The royals got the chance to look at the insides and outsides of a variety of planes as preparations are being made for this weekend’s Royal International Air Tattoo show, the world’s largest military air show.
The mood seemed to be a mix of excitement and deference as the family also explored the exact C-17 transporter aircraft that flew the body of Queen Elizabeth from Edinburgh — which is near Balmoral Castle, where she passed away last year — back to London.
Prince William, Kate Middleton and family climb on a large aircraft. (CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales also took their young princes and princess to Techno Zone, an area on the airfield that offers hands-on learning experiences for children, namely in flying an aircraft but also in other areas of the STEM field.
True to form, the family was impeccably dressed as they explored the airfield. Middleton, known for her keen fashion sense, appeared in a pair of ankle-length navy pants with a cream-colored top tucked in and a beige and white pinstriped double-breasted blazer on top.
Prince Louis waves to photographers while at the airfield. (CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP)
The Prince and Princess of Wales clearly had a good time, even with the rain, tweeting, “A family day out at the @airtattoo – in the wonderful British summer weather,” adding an umbrella emoji. “Great exploring the C-17 and meeting @usairforce crew.”
Besides the family fun and the small tribute to Queen Elizabeth, William and Middleton have additional ties to the Royal Air Force.