Kate Middleton thanked those who helped evacuate people in Afghanistan last month during her return to public duties following a summer break Wednesday.

Kate thanked those involved in Operation Pitting, the largest humanitarian aid operation for over 70 years, which saw 15,000 people flown out of Kabul in August amid the Taliban takeover.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stands in the fuselage of an RAF C17 Globemaster as she meets those who supported the U.K.’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stands in the fuselage of an RAF C17 Globemaster as she meets those who supported the U.K.’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets those who supported the U.K.’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets those who supported the U.K.’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal Air Force Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, U.K., where she met servicemen and women, along with air crew and medics, civilians and volunteers, and those who provided key supplies.

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She paid a visit to one of the huge C17 Globemaster transporter planes that was used in the evacuation.

According to People, around 850 of the 15,000 evacuees taken out of Kabul airport within the two-week timeframe arrived at the Brize Norton airbase.

Kate’s appearance comes after it was revealed earlier this month that the Duke of Cambridge “personally intervened” to help an officer he knew from Sandhurst get out of Afghanistan, according to the Telegraph.

Wednesday’s engagement marked the first time Kate had been seen on a public outing since attending Wimbledon and the Euro 2020 final more than two months ago.