Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge in tank photo released for AFD 2022 taken NOVEMBER 2021 CREDIT Kensington Palace.jpg
The photo of the Duchess has similarities to other images captured of royals, including Princess Diana, and the military (Picture: Kensington Palace).
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Duchess of Cambridge's tank photos echo Princess Diana's

The images were first taken in November during a visit to the Pirbright Training Academy.

Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge in tank photo released for AFD 2022 taken NOVEMBER 2021 CREDIT Kensington Palace.jpg
The photo of the Duchess has similarities to other images captured of royals, including Princess Diana, and the military (Picture: Kensington Palace).

Photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge in a tank were released last week to mark Armed Forces Day 2022.

The images were taken in November last year, when she visited the Pirbright Training Academy where she spent time with the 101 Operational Sustainment Brigade at Abingdon Airfield, Oxfordshire.

The pictures echo those taken of Princess Diana in 1988 when she was pictured sitting in the driver's seat of a tank.

Image ID G4E9WC Princess Diana in the driving seat of the 'Striker' tank, getting instructions from Sgt Chris O'Byrne on Salisbury Plain 23061988 CREDIT PA Images, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
Princess Diana in the driving seat of a Striker tank on Salisbury Plain (Picture: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo).

Similarly, a young Prince Harry was also pictured wearing a helmet in a tank during a visit to the Light Dragoons' barracks in 1993.

Eight-year-old Prince Harry riding in Scimitar
Eight-year-old Prince Harry rides in a Scimitar in 1993.

Given the close relationship the Royal Family has with the Armed Forces, these tend to be popular shots, and there have been several chances for such photo opportunities through the decades.

In March 1969, Prince Philip was photographed in a Chieftain tank of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars.

Image ID E0Y799 Prince Philip as Colonel-in-Chief in a Chieftain tank of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars 20031969 CREDIT Keystone Press, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
Prince Philip in a Chieftain tank (Picture: Keystone Press/Alamy Stock Photo).

In June 1985, the Prince of Wales, visited the Dragoon Guards in Tidworth and had the chance to ride a tank.

Image ID 2BC7ACD Prince Charles as Colonel-in-chief drives a tank during a visit to 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, Tidworth, England 12061985 CREDIT David Cooper, Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
The Prince of Wales driving a tank in Tidworth (Picture: David Cooper/Alamy Stock Photo).

Five years later, while on a visit to British troops in Saudi Arabia, Prince Charles also rode in a Challenger tank with Brigadier Patrick Cordingley of the 7th Armoured Brigade, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Image ID G4KY43 Prince of Wales rides in a Challenger tank of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with Brigadier Patrick Cordingley while on a visit to British troops in Dharhan 2212199 CREDIT PA Alamy Stock P.jpg
Prince Charles rides in a Challenger tank with Brigadier Patrick Cordingley (Picture: PA/Alamy Stock Photo).