Prince William and Kate thank British troops in Cyprus

Принц-юморист Уильям сравнил Кейт Миддлтон с рождественской елкой

Принц-юморист Уильям сравнил Кейт Миддлтон с рождественской елкой

During a Kensington Palace Christmas party on Tuesday, the Cambridges met the families of pilots, senior officers and ground crews from 11 Squadron - a Typhoon fighter unit based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and flying missions from Cyprus to combat Isis.

Speaking in front of a crowd of RAF personnel and soldiers from the 2 Mercian Regiment, Prince William said: "As we approach Christmas, Catherine and I feel strongly that praise for your work and recognition of your sacrifices is exactly what is due to you all".

The Duchess told the military families at the children's party that, as the wife of "someone whose husband has served", she understood "how it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they're trained for".

"It's sad we won't be home for Christmas, but to get that personal message from them with the duke and duchess is lovely".

"Yesterday they were all talking about what we do at the party and I guess all the families are proud of what we do and serving".

When George Whitefield, co-director of the children's events company Sharky and George which staged the day's entertainment, appeared with a handful of mock snowballs, that was all the encouragement William needed. "On behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you".

Принц-юморист Уильям сравнил Кейт Миддлтон с рождественской елкой

Kate Middleton has no problem teasing her hubby, Prince William!

Before that, he jokingly offered to step out of frame so Kate could be photographed by herself.

'William said he'd remember Harry's name and mention him to his dad when he saw him in Cyprus'.

Earlier the duchess had chatted to Barrie, 72, and Ann Macdonald, 70, from Manchester who are looking after their five-year-old grandson Harry while his parents are deployed overseas at Christmas.

Her husband said: 'We see our main function as giving my daughter and her husband peace of mind.

William and Kate will bring presents and messages to the troops in Cyprus from the families they met in the UK.

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