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

Kate Middleton nails Christmas style in thousand-dollar plaid

Kate Middleton nails Christmas style in thousand-dollar plaid

During the brief visit to RAF Akrotiri on the southern coast of Cyprus, William and Kate met with serving personnel, families living on the base and members of the local community.

Opening up about these sacrifices, Kate said: "Some of the children really understood what their mums and dads are doing and missed you all".

And on Wednesday, they arrived at RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus bearing presents from the children, wives and parents from Coningsby invited to the palace event.

Over her seven years as Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, a sighting of Kate draped-in-diamond headwear was as rare as hearing her actually speak, but 2018 has been a year of change for the royal family and part of it means a more vocal - and dutifully dressed queen-in-waiting.

"But on behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you", William said.

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". We felt quite responsible.

"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". The 92-year-old monarch looked her typical elegant self in the glittering gown, which featured delicate floral patterns and tiers of lace.

"For Christmas, I'd probably have two options-very traditional and something vegan".

Prince William and Catherine had collected the presents from those family members when they hosted a party at Kensington Palace a day earlier.

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 royals will be on the ground for just a few hours after making a 10-hour return flight from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Sgt Myers, a winchman, who is now based at 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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