Kate Middleton and Prince William flew Christmas presents to UK troops fighting ISIS

Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool/Getty ImagesKate Middleton and Prince William made an official visit to troops at RAF Akrotiri on Wednesday.
  • Kate Middleton and Prince William visited UK troops stationed overseas and brought them Christmas presents from their families.
  • The royals gathered the presents at a party for families of Royal Air Force personnel in Kensington Palace on Tuesday.
  • The troops stationed in Cyprus are taking part in the UK’s military opposition to ISIS.
  • “You all put duty first,” William said in a speech. “And so do your families, some of whom we had the chance to meet yesterday.”

Kate Middleton and Prince William brought UK troops stationed in Cyprus some Christmas presents from their families back home.

The royals visited the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri, Cyprus, on Wednesday, flying in on the RAF Voyager aircraft used the senior royals and the prime minister, which the closest equivalent Britain has to the US Air Force One.

Troops stationed at the base are taking part in Operation Shader, the UK’s ongoing military intervention against ISIS. Many will be separated from their families for Christmas, the Royal Family’s official Twitter account said.

Kate Middleton Prince William RAF VoyagerJeff Spicer/Getty ImagesKate Middleton and Prince William arrived in Cyprus on the Voyager aircraft.

Many of the Christmas presents brought by the royals came from the military personnel’s own families, collected at a party for families of RAF personnel at Kensington Palace on Tuesday.

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“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave Christmas presents to Squadron 11 @RAFAkrotiri – which they received from Squadron 11’s families in London,” Kensington Palace tweeted.

“On behalf of everyone back home, we would like to say thank you,” Prince William said in a speech at the base.

Prince William RAF militaryJeff Spicer/Getty ImagesPrince William gave a speech to the troops stationed overseas.

“You all put duty first. And so do your families, some of whom we had the chance to meet yesterday at a party at Kensington Palace. We know this isn’t easy for you or for your wives, husbands, children, and friends back in the UK.”

According to The Daily Mail, William referenced his own time in the RAF: “From my time in uniform, we both know a bit of what it feels like to balance your work commitments with your family life.”

William and Kate met people living on the base and members of the local community and shared tea with active service members.

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