The Duchess of Cambridge stuns in an elegant coat dress for her first royal engagement since Prince Philip's funeral

The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal and sophisticated for a surprise trip to East Ham Squadron, Air Training Corps

Duchess of Cambridge coat dress
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are back to work after what must have been a difficult week for the whole royal family. 

Duchess of Cambridge

(Image credit: Getty Images)

It's been a somber time for the royal family, who are mourning the death of Prince Philip. The whole family is currently in an official mourning period to mark Philip's passing, during which it is customary to wear black.

Both William and Kate were pictured in dark colors for the visit, with Catherine wearing a stylish black coat dress. It may not be winter coat season anymore, but a lightweight coat dress like this is a great option for spring, while there's still a chill in the air. 


Karen Millen Tailored Short Sleeve Utility Pencil Dress $342.00 $239.40

Steal Kate's style with this Karen Millen utility dress with button details. The best news? It's also in the sale!

This isn't the first time Catherine has been pictured in a coat dress –obviously, the Duchess is a fan of the trend. Duchess Catherine also wore a stylish Catherine Walker coat dress for a visit to a vaccination center in late March. Kate Middleton's dresses are famous for selling out quickly –anything the Duchess wears seems to be an instant hit! 

Duchess of Cambridge coat dress

(Image credit: Getty Images)

This time, the coat dress was an off-white color, with lace details, which was fitting for the venue, considering the vaccinations took place at Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess got married almost ten years ago.

During the visit to the Air Training Corps, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge discussed how the Air Cadets are helping support young people by helping them develop vital life skills. The squadron paid tribute to the late Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh was the Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years.

Lauren Hughes
Lauren Hughes

Lauren is deputy editor at woman& in the UK and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren has worked on the woman&home brand for four years. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine. After starting out working for a local paper in Yorkshire, her journalism career took her to Bristol where she hunted out stories for national papers and magazines at Medavia news agency, before landing a job in London working as a lifestyle assistant.

Lauren loves helping people share their stories, bringing experiences to life online, honing her interview techniques with everyone from authors to celebrities, headteachers to local heroes. As well as having a good nose for a story, Lauren has a passion for the English language and years of experience optimizing digital content to reach the widest audience possible. During her time at w&h, Lauren has worked on big brand campaigns like the Amazing Women Awards and assisted in developing w&h expert-approved Buyer's Guides—the place to go if you're looking to splash out on an important purchase and want some trusted advice. In addition to her journalism career, Lauren also has a background in copywriting for prestigious brands such as Inhabit Hotel, eco-development K'in in Tulum, social enterprise The Goldfinger Factory and leading London architect Holland Harvey, using language in all its glorious forms, from detailed guidebooks to snappy social content. 

A big fan of adventure, Lauren is also a keen travel writer and loves sharing tips on where to find the best places to eat, drink, and be merry off the beaten track. Lauren has written a series of travel guides for London hotels and loves sharing her insights into a destination's cultural and culinary offerings. If you need a recommendation on any UK destination, she's more than happy to help. At the weekend, you'll usually find her hanging out with her pet cat (or anyone else's pet she can get her hands on), escaping to the countryside, or devouring a good book. 

Follow her adventures @laurenkatehughes

Twitter: @laurenkhughes

LinkedIn: Lauren Kate Hughes