08 NOVEMBER 2013
There's a history of pilots and airline workers in her family – and Kate Middleton is following in the family footsteps by learning to fly a plane.
The Duchess told a told a group of RAF officers that she had been taking lessons in a fixed-wing aircraft, saying: "My grandfather [the late RAF pilot Peter Middleton] flew planes. I've had a few lessons on fixed wing."
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In doing so she also follows the lead of brother-in-law Prince Harry, who took lessons in flying fixed wing planes in 2008 at the Army Air Corps base in Middle Wallop, Hampshire. RAF search and rescue pilot Prince William of course also has his wings – he graduated in September 2010.
Kate's parents Michael and Carole have a background in the aviation industry. Both worked for British Airways before starting their business Party Pieces. Carole was a cabin crew member while Michael was a dispatcher.
Kate told of her flying lessons as she joined William in helping promote the Poppy Appeal in London on Thursday.