Prince William jokes that Kate Middleton is dressed like a Christmas tree

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"It's not about credit or recognition - for you, it's just about service", he said.

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.

She said 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.

"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".

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

Catherine gave her husband a loving look as they laughed together by the tree.

As Middleton added, "But I can't imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas".

'The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year.

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At the event, William gave a rousing speech to the troops, saying, "We know this isn't easy for you or your wives, husbands, children and friends back in the United Kingdom but on behalf of everyone at home, we'd like to say a big thank you".

The Duke said: "George said to me this morning where are you going daddy and I said I'm going to see some pilots who fly fast jets".

William began the visit by thanking the Armed Forces deployed overseas on behalf of the nation.

The British military base in Cyprus is now used for both reconnaissance and bombing missions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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

Her husband said: 'We see our main function as giving my daughter and her husband peace of mind.

He also praised the sacrifices of their families, many of whom the couple had met on Tuesday, when they held a party at Kensington Palace and collected gifts to transport to the base.

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