Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Kate and William visit military personnel at RAF base in Cyprus

Kate and William visit military personnel at RAF base in Cyprus

Seeing the fancy new furniture, William joked in front of the guests and royal reporters, "Keep the pizza off the sofas!" which prompted his wife's response, "You're a nightmare with that!"

The day before the royal couple hosted a festive party for families of RAF personnel who will be serving over the festive period.

He added: "But 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".

Kate seemed to be channeling her sister-in-law's style as she arrived in Cyprus wearing wide-legged pants, left.

William began the visit by thanking the Armed Forces deployed overseas on behalf of the nation.

Sqn Ldr Waghorn, a senior engineer who works on Typhoon jets, said: "To have such high profile visitors coming to say thank you is a real honour".

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.

One’s winter wonderland Royal couple in high spirits
One’s winter wonderland Royal couple in high spirits

It happened at an event in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where they staged a Santa's grotto for children with a parent based at RAF Coningsby or RAF Marham.

He is grateful that he will be with family this Christmas, saying: "This year I was away for seven months on operations before moving here, so it's nice just to be back together again".

Troops stationed at the air base will receive goody bags containing small treats like chocolate and magazine over Christmas, along with letters from cadets and parcels from military charities.

The proud parents chatted happily about their children, with William telling pilots: 'I told George this morning we were going to see the pilots today, and he said "If you see a helicopter can you take a picture?"'

"When William served in the Falklands or went search and rescue, I remember how it felt".

Sgt Myers, a winchman, who is now based on RAF Akrotiri, said: "He joked about my tatty badge and said I hadn't lost any weight - I'd put some on - his banter is top notch".

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