Kate Middleton Dressed Like A Christmas Tree, Prince William Says

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By making the short visit to RAF Akrotiri, the couple hope to highlight the contribution and sacrifices personnel and their families make throughout the year but especially when they are separated at Christmas.

The Duke and Duchess shared a rare insight into their home life in a recent trip to Cyprus while visiting military families to spread the holiday cheer.

After meeting with local children, the Duke and Duchess opened the new OASIS Centre, a welfare facility built for single personnel serving on operations or based at RAF Akrotiri.

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

The Duke said: "George said to me this morning where are you going daddy and I said I'm going to see some pilots who fly fast jets".

After the royal couple held a Christmas party for RAF families at Kensington Palace, one of the guests spoke of her conversations with William and Kate - revealing that the pair had chose to get the dog to help Kate cope while William was away in the Falklands Islands.

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Later, William and Kate joined a Christmas afternoon tea where families stationed on the base were enjoying a selection of cakes and pastries.

She added: "As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they've trained for".

The Duchess empathised with the time troops were spending away from their families in service to the UK.

William gave a speech to the assembled soldiers, saying that, "You always put duty first and so do your families, some of whom we had a chance to meet yesterday at a party at Kensington Palace".

William and Kate met a boy whose dad is in Cyprus, while his mum posted to Afghanistan.

Other photos saw Prince Charles surrounded by his other two grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and his sons and their wives. Five-year-old Harry is being looked after for six months by his grandparents. "Did they get back [home] okay?"

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