The special meaning behind Kate’s brooch at the RAF ceremony at Westminster Abbey

For the important occasion, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a prestigious diamond and ruby Darce brooch – and it holds a very important meaning for the royal.


The mum-of-three was given the statement piece by the RAF when she was made an Honorary Air Commandant back in 2015.

The brooch was typically given to the best female cadet every year, and was the highest award any woman of the rank can achieve.

This changed in 2015, when women were instead recognised with a sword – the same way as their male peers.

When this new tradition was born, the RAF presented the meaningful item to Kate as a gift following her appointment as Honorary Air Commandant of the organisation – a role she took over from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Kate, 36, last wore the brooch in 2016 during a service for the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets.

Lucinder Conder, who was the last cadet to be awarded the brooch in 2015, said to the Telegraph after Kate wore it for the first time: “It is quite an honour (to wear the brooch)

"I was the last cadet to wear it, and now she is wearing it. It is the best accessory."

Today, the Duchess of Cambridge wore it proudly on front of an Alexander McQueen slimline coat-style dress, a pale blue version of the same dress she wore to the Royal Wedding.

THE MEANING BEHIND KATE MIDDLETON'S DACRE BROOCH

Kate Middleton dazzled at the RAF centenary wearing the unmissable Dacre brooch below the collar of her Alexander McQueen coat.

The RAF gave the meaningful item to Kate in 2015 when she took over from the Duke of Edinburgh and became the Honorary Air Commandant.

The brooch was traditionally given to the best female cadet of the year and is the highest honour they could receive.

From 1982 – 2015 girls were presented with the diamond and ruby brooch as a mark of their achievements while males were awarded a sword. Since 2015 girls have also been awarded with a sword.

Kate, 36, last wore the brooch in 2016 during a service for the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets.

Lucinder Conder, who was the last cadet to be awarded the brooch in 2015, said to the Telegraph after Kate wore it for the first time: “It is quite an honour (to wear the brooch)

"I was the last cadet to wear it, and now she is wearing it. It is the best accessory."

She teamed it with a matching clutch and hat, and nude courts.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex wore an A-line knee-length dark navy dress with three-quarter length sleeves.

And it has a secret nod to her wedding dress – because it has the same boat-style neckline exposing her collarbone, which she is fast making her signature look.

Meghan's dress is believed to be a bespoke Dior piece, the same fashion house which made her wedding dress.

She teamed it with nude courts, the kind favoured by Kate Middleton, and a custom Stephen Jones hat.

She also wore white gold and diamond Cartier earrings.

Want to find out more about what the event means? Have a look here.

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