Kate Middleton Looks Festive in Plaid for Christmas Party With William

Prince William and Catherine burst into laughter with RAF personnel in Cyprus

Prince William and Catherine burst into laughter with RAF personnel in Cyprus. Source Getty

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".

William also spoke with a group of pilots and was overheard saying, "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?'"

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".

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. And so do your families, some of whom we had the chance to meet yesterday at a party at Kensington Palace.

Prince William said that his experience in the armed forces, most recently as an RAF search and rescue pilot, meant "we both know a bit of what it feels like".

Prince William joked that wife Kate was dressed liked a Christmas tree during a visit to a RAF base in Cyprus.

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As artificial snow fell around them the two me exchanged snowballs and Kate even found herself the target of a playful attack.

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".

The British military base in Cyprus is now used for both reconnaissance and bombing missions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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.

Prince George had some adorably proud words for his dad Prince William before his trip to Cyprus on Tuesday!

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

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