THE DUKE and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to military families coping with being apart from loved ones for Christmas by hosting a festive party. "It's not about credit or recognition - for you, it's just about service", he said.
In addition to all the fun, it was also a moving day for all in attendance.
The 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband in Cyprus on Wednesday for a visit to a military base where they met with servicemen and women to offer their encouragement this holiday season.
The proud parents chatted happily about their children, with William telling pilots: 'I told George this morning we were going to see the pilots today, and he said "If you see a helicopter can you take a picture?"' But I can't imagine how it feel when your loved ones are away on active service during Christmas.
She was hit with a mock snowball, but it was all in good spirits.
Children's entertainer George Whitefield, who put on the event, said Prince William 'saw I had some in my hand and he had a little mischievous nod and wink and looked like he wanted one to throw back at us'.
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Before that, he jokingly offered to step out of frame so Kate could be photographed by herself.
'Kate was asking Harry where his mummy and daddy were and she said to me it's quite a commitment but it was great for the family to have us pulling everything together.
William and Kate flew into RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus for a brief visit on Wednesday afternoon to show their support for military personnel who will not be coming back to their families in the United Kingdom for the festive period.
William and Kate were delivering cards and gifts from back home after they hosted a party at Kensington Palace yesterday for children and partners of some of those based in Cyprus. "They've got an important job to do and they don't have time to worry about their son".