Duchess of Cambridge visits The Natural History Museum in London 220621 CREDIT REUTERS, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO
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Kate To Meet Military Personnel Involved In Afghanistan Evacuation

The Duchess of Cambridge will speak to those who took part in Operation Pitting – the UK's evacuation mission from Afghanistan.

Duchess of Cambridge visits The Natural History Museum in London 220621 CREDIT REUTERS, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

The Duchess of Cambridge will meet military personnel and civilians who helped evacuate Afghans from their country, Kensington Palace has announced.

Kate will visit RAF Brize Norton on Wednesday to chat to those who took part in Operation Pitting, which saw more than 15,000 people airlifted out of Kabul during August, including thousands of Arap (Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy) applicants and their dependents.

More than 850 people arrived at the RAF base in Oxfordshire and were provided with practical support like food, clothing, children's toys and medical help while their details were processed.

During her visit, the Duchess will meet RAF aircrews and medics who supported evacuees at Kabul airport and civilians and volunteers who established a repatriation centre at RAF Brize Norton.

Watch: 'First thing you heard was gunshots': Soldiers discuss experiences of the evacuation from Afghanistan.

Operation Pitting involved every unit at the military base, with personnel working alongside the Royal Navy, Army, local authorities and aid organisations in Afghanistan and the UK.

Brize Norton's full fleet of RAF transport aircraft flew around the clock to support the evacuation, including a record flight for an RAF C-17 Globemaster which carried 439 passengers out of Kabul.

Aircraft involved in the operation also carried supplies ranging from clothing and baby food for the evacuees.

Cover image: File photo of the Duchess of Cambridge (Picture: Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo).