Royals

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Throw Party For Military Families

Prince William and Kate invited partners and children of RAF personnel whose loved ones are deployed in Cyprus.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been hosting a Christmas party in London for the families of RAF personnel serving in Cyprus over the festive period.

Prince William and Kate invited partners and children from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham whose loved ones are deployed to RAF Akrotiri.

The party featured stalls where children were able to decorate stockings or snow globes. Other areas allowed them to make crackers and create Christmas party kits.

A photo booth and a post box were also on hand so guests can take pictures and send messages to their loved ones in Cyprus.

After the event the The Duke and Duchess will fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to meet military personnel and families living on the base.

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Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess wished to acknowledge and honour the fact many  servicemen and women are away from their families at this time of the year.

During the festive period, there will be 11,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines deployed on operations.

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Prince William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, which is home to Typhoon squadrons that are deployed to Cyprus and are flying 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.

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