LIVE UPDATES: Prince William and Kate Middleton host Christmas party for military families – all the photos


LIVE UPDATES: Prince William and Kate Middleton host Christmas party for military families – all the photos

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have hosted a Christmas party at Kensington Palace for the families of military personnel serving in Cyprus over the festive period. Kate looked stunningly festive in a gorgeous red Emilia Wickstead skirt and black cashmere cardigan whilst Prince William opted for a casual look – blue jumper and navy trousers.

The royal couple wish to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel and to acknowledge and honour the fact that many Serving personnel are away from their families at this time of the year. At the festive gathering, both Prince William and Kate mingled with some of the partners and children of RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham.

The family event featured stalls where children were given the chance to decorate stockings or snow globes, as well as making crackers and create Christmas party kits. Quite fittingly there was also a photo booth and a post box so the families could take pictures and send messages to their loved ones in Cyprus. Approximately 7,500 military personnel are currently serving overseas or away from home on exercises. A large portion of these have children who will have a parent away over the festive period.

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The royal couple, who are parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, seemed very happy ahead of making Christmas crackers, amongst other many festive activities.

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Father Christmas was also on hand to help Prince William and Kate spread the Christmas cheer amongst the families attending the very festive event.

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Kate, 36, looked festive in her Emilia Wickstead plaid skirt which she teamed with a black Brora cashmere cropped cardigan and suede leather boots. Meanwhile, William kept things cool in a blue jumper and navy trousers.

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The royals appeared to be in great spirits as they soaked up the festive atmosphere at Kensington Palace.

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Kate looked delighted as she took a short walk from her Kensington Palace apartment to the Orangery, passing the snow machine in the process.

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The royal couple shared a laugh, and at one point they seemed surprised whilst they walked past the snow machine which no doubt added to the festive atmosphere.

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On the following day, the royal couple are flying to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in order to meet with Serving personnel. William and Kate usually keep up with Christmas traditions by sending festive cards to fans who have sent them wishes.



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