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Prince William says thank-you to armed forces

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet members of 31 SQN and other operational personnel in a hangar at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet members of 31 SQN and other operational personnel in a hangar at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge has said "thank you" on behalf of the nation to Britain's armed forces serving overseas this Christmas.

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.

After meeting air and ground crew from RAF Akrotiri, William praised the efforts of Britain's military.

Elsewhere, a meeting with the Queen was so overwhelming for one little boy that he crawled out of the door, shouting "Bye" to amused onlookers.

Nine-year-old Nathan Grant was introduced to the Queen as part of her visit to Coram, the UK's oldest children's charity.

Based at the site of The Foundling Hospital in London, Coram has been helping vulnerable children since it gained the Royal Charter in 1739.

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