Kate Middleton and Prince William returned to William’s former air base on Anglesey, an island off the northwest coast of Wales, on Thursday to attend a parade and reception marking the disbandment of the Royal Air Force’s Search and Rescue Force. The events saluted the more than 75 years of operations that helped save thousands of lives.
For the occasion, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a familiar deep red wool L.K. Bennett coat, which she paired with a brown Lock & Co. hat and a pair of silver drop earrings.
The royal couple spent three years of their marriage on Anglesey while William served as a helicopter flight lieutenant. In his time there, the prince took part in 156 search-and-rescue operations, saving the lives of 149 individuals.
People reports that at the reception that followed the ceremony, Kate said the couple had loved their time on the island. “It was such a special time for us,” she said. “It was the start of our life together, really.”