Kate and Wills host Christmas Party as prince gets hands dirty making truffles

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were today pictured making crackers and truffles with children at a special Christmas party for the families of RAF personnel serving in Cyprus.

William and Kate welcomed partners and kids, whose loved ones from RAF Coningsby or RAF Marham are deployed on the Mediterranean island state.

And they were seen on pictures and videos shared on Twitter chatting with the youngsters, and helping make crackers.

The family event also featured stalls at which excited children decorated stockings and snow globes, and created Christmas party kits. There was also a photo booth and a postbox so guests could take pictures and send messages to their loved ones in Cyprus. Father Christmas himself also made a surprise appearance.

The Cambridges will fly on Wednesday to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to meet military personnel – including some whose relatives are invited to the royal Christmas party – families living on the base, wider station personnel and members of the local community.

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It is believed Kate’s skirt was a design by Emilia Wickstead and her black top was by luxury Scottish Cashmere label Brora.

Kensington Palace said the couple wished to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel and to acknowledge and honour the fact many 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.

Service personnel have been sent on 30 operations in 35 countries across the globe from Somalia and South Sudan to Kuwait and Ukraine.

William is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire which is home to Typhoon squadrons which deploy to Cyprus and fly operations in support of Op Shader, the UK’s contribution to the ongoing campaign against Isis.

RAF Akrotiri is the home of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit which provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and operations in the region to protect the UK’s strategic interests.

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