Prince William and Kate Middleton will send out a very special message of support to military personnel and their families over the Christmas period, Kensington Palace have confirmed.
William and Kate, both 36, will “acknowledge and honour the fact that many Serving personnel are away from their families at this time of the year” by hosting a festive party in London on Dec. 4.
The event will be supported by the Royal British Legion and will be thrown for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will then fly to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus the following day to meet with serving personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel, and members of the local community.
Approximately 7,500 military personnel are currently serving overseas or away from home on exercises. A large portion of these have children who will have a parent away over the festive period.
The Christmas period will also no doubt see William, Kate and their three children — seven-month-old Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince George, 5 — pose for a family card.
The Queen is expected to give out around 750 Christmas cards, as well.