Kate Middleton braves the hail in military-inspired Alexander McQueen

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The royal family had a gloomy start to their Tuesday morning.

Amid the ongoing royal drama, including Meghan and Prince Harry's royal exit, Prince Andrew's relinquishing of royal duties and today's divorce announcement from Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips, the family's senior royals put on a united front for a day of engagements. 

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Prince William and Duchess Kate joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for a rare joint engagement in Loughborough in Leicestershire to visit the newly opened Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. While the foursome was initially greeted with hail and wind, they were given a warm welcome by the center's dedicated staff, which helps injured servicemen and women on their journey to recovery.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who opted for a military-style Alexander McQueen skirt suit to pay tribute to her favorite designer 10 years after his death, spent much of the visit chatting with the center's patients. The royals learned about the various recovery programs, from therapy rooms to the rehabilitation gym, and later toured the center's prosthetics workshop. 


Prince William, who was a patron of the charity that helped raise funds for the £300 million center, paused the tour to join Prince Charles for a quick game of wheelchair basketball with some of the wounded servicemen. 

"I have seen the growth of an idea transfer into what we see today, and it is a rare and immensely satisfying thing to have witnessed," the duke relayed. 

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