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In Pictures: William and Kate delight troops with trip to Cyprus base

William’s words of praise came as he and wife Kate visited Cyprus for a whirlwind tour of a military base.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet members of 31 SQN (Andrew Matthews/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet members of 31 SQN (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The Duke of Cambridge has said “thank you” on behalf of the nation to Britain’s Armed Forces serving overseas this Christmas, and paid tribute their commitment and sacrifices.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

William’s words of praise came as he and wife Kate visited Cyprus for a whirlwind tour of a military base to meet RAF personnel and other UK forces deployed to the Mediterranean island.

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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

After meeting air and ground crew from RAF Akrotiri and other forces in a hangar, William praised the efforts of the Armed Forces.

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The couple came bearing Christmas gifts for RAF personnel from 11 Squadron, a Typhoon fighter unit based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and flying missions from the Cyprus base to combat Islamic State.

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