The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to host a Christmas party

Danielle Fowler
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From Harper's BAZAAR

In the run-up to Christmas, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to throw festive events in both Cyprus and the UK.

On December 4, the royal couple will host a party in London in partnership with the Royal British Legion for families and children of deployed RAF personnel serving in Cyprus.

According to Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's forthcoming engagement is "in recognition of the unique contribution and sacrifices serving personnel and their families make year-round, and especially when they are separated during the festive period".

The party will feature stalls where children can decorate stockings, make snow globes and craft Christmas crackers. There will also be a photo booth and post box at the event for attendees to send personalised messages to loved ones serving in Cyprus.

The following day, the couple will fly out to RAF Akrotiri - home of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit.

The royal couple will meet deployed personnel, families living on the base, wider station personnel and members of the local community during the trip.

Later in the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the Oasis Centre - a recreation area on the base for service members who are not on shift.

They will perform a walkabout before attending a Christmas reception where they will hand out presents to members of the 11 Squadron given to them by family members the previous day.

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It is widely speculated that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend this Christmas at the Middleton's family home in Berkshire especially after Pippa Middleton recently welcomed her first child.

The royal couple usually spend the festive season in Sandringham with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh but it wouldn't be the first time they've skipped tradition, as they spent Christmas with the Duchess of Cambridge's parents back in 2016.

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