Prince William, wife Kate bring gifts to U.K. forces in Cyprus
Prince William, wife Kate bring gifts to U.K. forces in Cyprus
Britain’s Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan
06 December, 2018, 14:23
Kate said: "William and I just wanted to pass on our huge gratitude to all of you here today".
After handing them over to members of 11 Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, the duke said: "You all put duty first". And so do your families, some of whom we had the chance to meet yesterday at a party at Kensington Palace.
At the event, William gave a rousing speech to the troops, saying, "We know this isn't easy for you or your wives, husbands, children and friends back in the United Kingdom but on behalf of everyone at home, we'd like to say a big thank you. On behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you".
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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.
In the colourful grotto the couple joined dozens of children, who have a parent based at either RAF Coningsby or RAF Marham, as they created crackers, decorated stockings or made chocolate truffles. "As someone whose husband served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they trained for", the duchess said, as Prince William previously served as a RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.
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She said: "But I can't imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas or at those special family moments. Whereas for the families at home, there's that empty chair around the table at Christmas Day where we're normally sat".
Numerous presents had been given to the royal couple yesterday at a party they threw at Kensington Palace in London for the wives, husbands, children and parents of staff from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham, who will be spending Christmas away from home.
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William and Kate to make Christmas visit to troops
After handing the presents to members of 11 Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, William addressed them and said: "You all put duty first". Kate told her guests: 'William and I just wanted to pass on our huge gratitude to all of you here today.
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