Prince William jokes that Kate looks like a Christmas tree

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Akrotiri Royal Air Force base near the south coastal city of Lima

Posing for a holiday snap alongside military personnel who are spending their Christmas in Cyprus, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stood in for a Christmas photo at which point William basically pointed out that Kate was dressed like the backdrop.

"Yesterday they were all talking about what we do at the party and I guess all the families are proud of what we do and serving".

"But on behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you", William said.

But the Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in the flattering pants as she met personnel at the military base.

After attending the Queen's diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace last night, the couple flew out of RAF Brize Norton early this morning.

In the colourful grotto the couple joined dozens of children, who have a parent based at either RAF Coningsby or RAF Marham, as they created crackers, decorated stockings or made chocolate truffles.

Kate went on to highlight how she had some idea how the relatives felt at this time of year as William, a former RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, had served in the Falklands for six weeks in 2012.

Britain's Prince William right and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Akrotiri Royal Air Force base near the south coastal city
Prince William and Kate bring gifts to RAF base in Cyprus

'William said he'd remember Harry's name and mention him to his dad when he saw him in Cyprus'.

They also met personnel from the lead infantry company of 2 Mercians, who have recently been supporting Op TORAL in Afghanistan.

Staff sergeant David Blayney, from the Cyprus Operational Support Unit, was in the crowds with his family waiting for the Duke and Duchess.

And William's wife confidently delivered a heartfelt speech paying tribute to military families who will be parted from their loved ones at Christmas.

"But I'm very, very grateful that the Royal Household put that together for our families, because it's more hard for the people at home".

About 11,000 military personnel from all three services will be deployed on operations over Christmas.

Kate and William's appearance on Wednesday came amid suggestions of a rift between them and the Sussexes, following the announcement that Meghan and Harry will be moving away from Kensington Palace next year.

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