Kate Middleton nails Christmas style in thousand-dollar plaid

Prince George with his dad Prince William

Prince William and Catherine had collected the presents from those family members when they hosted a party at Kensington Palace a day earlier.

'As someone whose husband has served, I know how hard it feels when a loved one leaves home to do the job they've trained for'.

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

The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, London, where she is a hosting a Christmas party for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus.

As artificial snow fell, William chucked artificial snowballs at a children's entertainer, and Kate was caught in the crossfire.

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".

It looks like the youngest royals are growing up fast - at least based on a discovery made during a visit by Prince William and Kate Middleton to the RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on Wednesday.

The witty dad joke from HRH garnered quite some laugh from both Kate and the military personnel who were all captured laughing at William's one-liner.

He said: "He saw I had some in my hand and he had a little mischievous nod and wink and looked like he wanted one to throw back at us".

Talking about spending time away from her family at Christmas, she said: "It's emotional, I think it's easier for us out here because we just muck in together".

The British military base in Cyprus is now used for both reconnaissance and bombing missions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Five-year-old Harry is being looked after for six months by his grandparents.

The couple said they had handed over a present of a bottle of aftershave for William and Kate to take over to Cyprus.

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