Kate and William's Christmas Spirit

Christmas is all about family and the royal version has been putting mums, dads and kids at the heart of its first festive party. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted two days of celebrations this week to bring some seasonal cheer to families who will be separated over Christmas. And Kate and William had some special words, as well as some fun and games, for those they partied with in London and Cyprus as the season of goodwill to all got under way.

The celebrations, which took place at Kensington Palace and RAF Akrotiri over two days, were designed to bring together those who will be apart during the festive season. On December 4th, William and Kate opened the doors of their London home to welcome families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham who are seving in Cyprus for a day of festivities.

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The palace was looking really rather sparkly and what's not to love about a future king and queen trying to pretend they're not dodging the snow machine that someone started just as they walked past.

The couple spent time with families enjoying Christmas crafts and games while Kate gave a speech, telling her guests ''I can't imagine what it feels like when your loved ones are away on active service at Christmas or those special family moments. The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year''.

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And there was a poignant reminder of why the celebration was being held as the duchess spoke  about how much she was looking forward to meeting some of the deployed personnel on her forthcoming visit to Cyprus, promising to deliver cards and presents that those they had left behind had asked to be taken out on the royal trip.

After a brief stop off at Buckingham Palace for the Diplomatic Corps Reception, it was on to Cyprus where the couple touched down on December 5th at RAF Akrotiri to meet some of the service men and women whose families they had celebrated with the day before. 

The couple met people living on the base and heard about the work going on there before settling down to some more seasonal celebrations. As promised, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge handed over the presents that families had brought to them the day before at Kensington Palace and popped into the Sergeants' Mess to distribute more gifts.

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William told those they met that ''on behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you. Thank you for your commitment and thank you for your sacrifices. We are in your debt and Catherine and I feel very lucky to be able to spend time with you today''.

The visit came to an end as dusk fell in Cyprus with the royal couple heading home for further engagements as the festive season continues. Still several weeks to go until the big day itself, but the royals have got the Christmas party started.

Photo credit: Kensington Palace Instagram.


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