Kate Middleton tries out flight simulator as ex-pilot William holds her handbag

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her aerial skills in a flight simulator while her former pilot husband was left holding her handbag.

Prince William stepped back and watched as Kate Middleton took the controls of the light aircraft simulator during a visit to meet air cadets in London.

The event was the couple's first joint public engagement since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this month.

Kate joked with William – who wore a black tie as a mark of respect to his late grandfather – as she clambered into the simulator and then put on a headset with a microphone attached.

She was talked through the controls of the Grob tutor, a light aircraft which thousands of cadets use each year for air experience flights.

Meanwhile her husband learned to fly with the RAF and piloted the service's search and rescue helicopters for several years.

Once he left the military William decided to build on his training and become an Air Ambulance Pilot, working for East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017.

That's despite his career choice having allegedly "raised some eyebrows" among some senior Palace staff who didn't think it was fitting for a future King.

Philip was the Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years, before he passed on the patronage to the duchess in 2015.

Kate met the cadets in her role as Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets, which comprises the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF).

The Cambridges chatted to the young people during their visit to 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Air Training Corps, east London, to learn how they develop life skills during their time with the ATC.

During the visit the cadets honoured the memory of Philip with three cheers.

The Duke died on April 9 at Windsor Castle, a few weeks after leaving hospital following an unprecedented month-long stay.

He was 99.

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