William and Kate to make Christmas visit to troops

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Thank you for your commitments and thank you for your sacrifices.

They also handed out presents from family members they met at a party they hosted last night at Kensington Palace.

During their brief visit to RAF Akrotiri on the Mediterranean island, the Duke and Duchess handed out the presents from some of the families they met for the military personnel deployed at the RAF base.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have carried out holiday events at Kensington Palace and RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus over two days, helping spread cheer to families of servicemembers now serving overseas. "William and I, however, hope that today shows, in some small way, how much you are all valued".

Children's entertainer George Whitefield, who put on the event, said Prince William 'saw I had some in my hand and he had a little mischievous nod and wink and looked like he wanted one to throw back at us'.

The duchess greets children in Cyprus
The duchess greets children in Cyprus

He proudly told one table how Prince George favoured his father's helicopters over the more glamorous jets like Typhoons, which fly from the base he visited.

Staff sergeant David Blayney, from the Cyprus Operational Support Unit, was in the crowds with his family waiting for the Duke and Duchess.

Prince William and Kate are travelling to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus where they will bring the troops some messages from their families in the UK.

However, Palace insiders have played down the rumours, and the couples are expected to spend Christmas together at Sandringham later this month.

William and Kate's visit to Cyprus comes after the couple held a Christmas party for the families of RAF fighters who serve during the holiday break. A large portion of them have children who will have a parent away over the festive period.

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