The Duchess of Cambridge tries out military gear during training academy visit

Kate shared the never-before-seen pics in honour of Armed Forces Day

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The Duchess of Cambridge shared some never-before-seen photos on social media this weekend.

In honour of the national Armed Forces Day, Kate posted a commemorative tribute to the men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces, along with a slideshow of images from her visit to the Pirbright Training Academy last November.

The carousel includes images of the duchess in full uniform as she participated in some of the training exercises, as well as her conversations with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield.

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"Today on Armed Forces Day, William and I would like to pay tribute to the brave men and women, past and present, serving in all of our armed forces, at sea, on land and in the air, here in the UK and around the world. Thank you for all you and your families sacrifice to keep us safe," she wrote.

"Last year, I was honoured to spend time with the @BritishArmy to see how they train serving personnel and new recruits. It was wonderful to see first-hand the many important and varied roles the military play day in, day out to protect us all, and I look forward to discovering more about the @RoyalNavy and @RoyalAirForceUK in due course," she concluded, singing the message with "C" for Catherine.

Earlier this week, the first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled at the University of Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum. Painted by British artist Jamie Coreth as a gift to Cambridgeshire, the portrait takes inspiration from an appearance the couple made during a 2020 visit to Dublin, Ireland, during which Kate wore a metallic, deep green dress by The Vampire's Wife, Manolo Blahnik heels and a pair of pearl earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana.

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