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William and Kate on Christmas visit to British bases (V) (Updated)

Duchess of Cambridge admires a young girl's sash

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in RAF Akrotiri on Wednesday for a brief visit to show support for overseas British troops at Christmas.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are visiting soldiers and their families living on the base, and other personnel and members of the local community.

After landing, the royal couple visited hangar 903 where the prince had a casual chat with some of the military personnel.

In his short address, he thanked them for their service. He said there are 11,000 British sailors, soldiers and marines stationed in 30 operations around the world and in Cyprus, the staff is supporting efforts to defeat Isis.

He praised the military personnel stationed overseas who do their jobs without fanfare.

“You don’t seek praise or recognition. To you it is just about service,” he 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.”

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Duchess of Cambridge admires a young girl's sash

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The royal couple then met staff at the Warrant Officers and Sergeants’ Mess and gave them gifts. Outside, many children and other residents of the Akrotiri base gathered, holding flags and waiting patiently to see the royal couple

The duke and duchess also met with some of the Cyprus based staff and their families at a party on Tuesday at Kensington Palace

During their visit to Akrotiri the royal couple will also speak with Cypriot staff.

 

 

 

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