Duchess of Cambridge Kate meets Kabul evacuation heroes

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Duchess of Cambridge Kate meets Kabul evacuation heroes (PA)
Duchess of Cambridge Kate meets Kabul evacuation heroes (PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge greeted the evacuation heroes who helped Afghans escape the country after it fell to the Taliban.

Smiling Kate arrived for a visit to RAF Brize Norton on Wednesday where she met meet military personnel and civilian.

The royal made her stylish arrival in the G-XXEB (The Queen’s Helicopter Flight) Sikorsky S-76 helicopter at about 2.15pm.

Operation Pitting successfully airlifted more than 15,000 people out of Kabul during August including thousands of Arap applicants and their dependents.

It comes after The Duke of Cambridge celebrated the emergency services heroes who “run straight towards the danger” to save the lives of others.

Speaking at the Who Care Wins awards, the royal congratulated the first responders who “rise to the occasion” when others would “quite naturally, turn away and seek safety”.

The duke, who was a former air ambulance pilot, appeared at the awards ceremony at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London.

In a speech, he said: “Every day our emergency services deal with high-pressured, challenging situations.

“When most of us would, quite naturally, turn away and seek safety, our emergency responders rise to the occasion – running straight towards the danger to provide vital and often life-saving support.

“Very modestly, they will tell you that this does not make them heroes and it is all done in the name of duty. But sometimes a situation will occur that tests the resolve of even the most experienced responder.

“In times like these, they must face their deepest fears and find the most astonishing level of courage to overcome the obstacles in front of them. And that is truly heroic.

“The winners of this award faced just such a situation, but I am delighted to say they survived and are here this evening.”

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