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William and Kate bring holiday cheer to military families at palace, then fly to Cyprus to meet servicemen

Prince William and his wife Kate brought Christmas gifts and holiday greetings today to British servicemen at the Royal Air Force Base Akrotiri in Cyprus - one day after trying to bring holiday cheer to military families back at Kensington Palace.

The visit by William and the Duchess of Cambridge was designed to honour the estimated 11,000 British soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deployed on foreign operations over the holidays.

After meeting servicemen in a hangar, William thanked Britain's Armed Forces for their sacrifices.

"We are in your debt and Catherine and I feel very lucky to be able to spend time with you today," he said.

Officials say British forces are involved in 30 operations in 35 countries. The Akrotiri base plays an important role in Britain's military activities throughout the Middle East.

Kate The Duchess of Cambridge meets children at Kensington Palace in London, where she is hosting a Christmas party for families and children of serving Air Force personnel, Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018.  The Christmas party hosted by Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge is for families of RAF personnel deployed in Cyprus from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham. (Richard Pohle/pool via AP)
Kate The Duchess of Cambridge meets children at Kensington Palace in London, where she is hosting a Christmas party for families and children of serving Air Force personnel. Source: Associated Press

Yesterday, the royal couple frolicked in fake snow at Kensington Palace and seemed to enjoy themselves as they created a relaxed, festive atmosphere for the military families.

"I can't imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas, or at those special family moments," Katherine told a room full of children.

The royal couple hosted families of military personnel serving abroad. Source: 1 NEWS


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