In the Queen’s absence, Kate Middleton is stepping up to the plate. For the first time in her position, the Duchess of Cambridge was saluted by the troops at the annual Beating the Retreat musical event.
This honor is reserved for Queen Elizabeth II, but Kate was saluted as she was the sole member of the Royal Family to attend.
The event was held to showcase the British Army, but also included a tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Her husband, Prince William, attended an earlier event commemorating the Allied invasion of Normandy.