Friday, 14 December, 2018

Prince William and Kate thank British troops in Cyprus

Prince George with his dad Prince William Prince George with his dad Prince William
Freda Brock | 06 December, 2018, 14:28

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".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to British forces stationed overseas this Christmas by delivering presents to a Cyprus military base - and quipped their service was "really Royal Mail".

"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".

He said: "He saw I had some in my hand and he had a little mischievous nod and wink and looked like he wanted one to throw back at us".

It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Queen all stepped out in their finest for the Queen's Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night.

Families from RAF Marham and RAF Coningsby were invited to the palace for party games and Christmas activities.

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Solihull Moors were handed a dream third round draw against Premier League aristocrats Arsenal if they can get past Blackpool . Meanwhile, Cardiff City will travel to League One side Gillingham and Aston Villa will host Swansea City .

Speaking at the event, Kate said she could understand what it is like to see your loved one go away to do the job they trained for, after seeing Prince William deployed to the Falklands to fly a search and rescue helicopter - but she also admitted she couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a loved one away at Christmas.

Their daughter Claire O'Grady and her husband Paul, known as Pablo to the family, are both RAF Wing Commanders based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, home to Typhoon squadrons which deploy to Cyprus and fly operations in support of Op Shader, the UK's contribution to the ongoing campaign against Isis.

William and Kate met a boy whose dad is in Cyprus, while his mum posted to Afghanistan. "Whereas for the families at home, there's that empty chair around the table at Christmas Day where we're normally sat".

Catherine gave her husband a loving look as they laughed together by the tree.

"But I'm very, very grateful that the Royal Household put that together for our families, because it's more hard for the people at home".

William and Kate will meet Harry's dad in Akrotiri.

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