Why Prince William and Kate will be apart on Valentine’s Day

By Sharnaz Shahid

It looks like Prince William might be missing the Duchess of Cambridge come Valentine’s Day. Kensington Palace has confirmed that Kate will be spending the romantic holiday at an RAF base in Cambridgeshire.

Kate, who became Royal Patron and Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadet Organization over a year ago, will be introduced to air cadets from the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Air Training Corps, who are taking part in a half-term skills development camp. This appearance will be Kate's third visit to the RAF Air Cadets since the Duke of Edinburgh passed his Patronage to the Duchess, after 63 years serving as Air Commodore-in-Chief.

The statement, released on Wednesday, read: "The week acts as an initial 'camp experience' for cadets who are in their first six months of membership. Her Royal Highness will join the cadets as they view a Tutor aircraft, and participate in a personal development training session." The Duchess, 35, will also have the chance to fly a flight simulator during her visit.

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The RAF Air Cadets is made up of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF). It promotes a practical interest in aviation among both young men and women, providing training and encouraging the development of life skills including leadership and teamwork. The organisation currently comprises 41,000 air cadets aged 12 to 19, and 15,000 adult volunteers across the UK and abroad.

Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that Kate will join Prince William at this year's EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke of Cambridge, who is the President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), will also be on hand to present the Fellowship, which is awarded annually at the ceremony, and is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

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