The royal couple appeared to be in the best possible mood, sizzling as they talked to the military base staff and delivered presents to them from their families back at home, whom they won't reunite with for Christmas.
"Not only are we grateful for you coming here to join our party, but also for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis on behalf of the nation". She attended a celebration for military families at Kensington Palace with Prince William, and there was even faux snow to further add to the spirit of the season. "The absence of people you love must be especially hard at this time of year or at those special family moments". Kate was quick with her response: "You're a nightmare with that!"
When George Whitefield, co-director of the children's events company Sharky and George which staged the day's entertainment, appeared with a handful of mock snowballs, that was all the encouragement William needed. Royals: they may not be just like us, but they apparently eat like us when they're kicking back with a slice.
He went on to quip 'Do you want me to move out of the photo?', in order to let Kate pose by herself.
One’s winter wonderland Royal couple in high spirits
The British military base in Cyprus is now used for both reconnaissance and bombing missions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
"We took the children down to where the party was but everything was gone", she said.
Kate and William's appearance on Wednesday came amid suggestions of a rift between them and the Sussexes, following the announcement that Meghan and Harry will be moving away from Kensington Palace next year.
"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 told troops.