Prince William, wife Kate bring gifts to U.K. forces in Cyprus

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Prince William joked that wife Kate was dressed liked a Christmas tree during a visit to a RAF base in Cyprus.

The couple are flying to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on Wednesday where some of the loved ones of the families they met are based, and will take with them a collection of early Christmas presents for the RAF personnel.

Squadron leader Sarah Waghorn, a senior engineering officer with 11 Squadron, was one of those to get presents from home from Prince William.

While Kate has previously worn dark skinny jeans and jeggings on royal engagements, this is believed to be the first time she has ever donned suit pants during an official royal engagement. According to HOLA! USA's sister brand HELLO!'s royal reporter Emily Nash, "Kate told one well-wisher how Prince Louis is learning to wave" - big sister Princess Charlotte, three, is already a pro! The fan was one day too late. The Duchess had a tiara handy the night before!

The Duchess of Cambridge's private secretary Catherine Quinn (left) throws a snowball as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave Kensington Palace, London, after they hosted a Christmas party for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus. Middleton touched on her shared experience of having a husband in military service during her speech to guests. Sat a few seats away from William were flight sergeant David Sheppard, 48, and Sergeant Dickie Myers, 32, who were part of the RAF Search and Rescue crews at RAF Valley on Anglesey when the royal flew rescue missions from the base.

"The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year", Kate continued. "It's not about credit or recognition - for you, it's just about service".

William also spoke with a group of pilots and was overheard saying, "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?'"

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