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William and Kate to make Christmas visit to troops

06 December 2018

The event, in partnership with the Royal British Legion charity, was held just steps from where Wills and Kate live with Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 7 months.

Prince William and Kate arrived at RAF Akrotiri this afternoon on a special ' Royal Mail ' flight loaded with gifts and cards from relatives, as they praised the men and women for doing their work "without fanfare".

Tabloids had claimed that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, had gotten upset with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, over how she treated Kate's staff. "On behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you", the duke said. Thank you for your commitments and thank you for your sacrifices.

Both William and Kate looked to be in high spirits as they met with service personnel, delivering them presents from their families back at home.

"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".

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"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". The dad of three spoke to RAF crew members during his engagement, revealing that George had told him that he preferred helicopters over the more glamorous jets like Typhoons - which fly from the base he was visiting.

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".

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

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".

William and Kate to make Christmas visit to troops