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Kate Middleton and Prince William deliver RAF airmen spending Christmas overseas fighting ISIS presents from their families

Kate Middleton and husband Prince William were given a royal welcome when they arrived at RAF Akrotiri earlier today.

The couple were bringing gifts from the families of military personnel at the base who will be away from their loved ones through the festive season.

On Tuesday, the Cambridges staged a Christmas party for families from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham who have a relative deployed abroad – including Cyprus.

During the event, Kate told the invited wives, partners, grandparents and children: "Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation."

Now Kate and Wills are happily handing the presents they collected at the party on to service men and women in the Mediterranean.









As Kate descended the steps from the plane today, a saluting airman cheekily smiled at her from the bottom of the stairs.

But the princess didn't seem to mind the grin and gave him a warm look in return.

Even husband William seemed to welcome the funny gesture as he too was pictured cracking up as he stepped on to the tarmac.

William and Kate will use their trip to meet men and women separated from their loved ones over the festive period as they take part in active operations.

During their brief visit to RAF Akrotiri on the Mediterranean island, the duke and duchess will meet military personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel and members of the local community.

The couple will visit and officially open the recently renovated Oasis centre, a recreation area used when the military are not on shift.

William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, which is 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.

They work alongside 31 Squadron, a Tornado GR4 unit based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, which is also involved with the campaign.

RAF Akrotiri is the home of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit, which provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and operations in the region to protect the UK's strategic interests.



 

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