The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge always have others in mind during the holiday season, and their big hearts will be on display this year when they delivery their own special Christmas message. Following in the Queen’s footsteps by addressing the public, the couple will send their best to military personnel and their families, who are often separated for the holidays.
Kensington Palace shared the news in a statement, writing that the parents of three wanted to “acknowledge and honour the fact that many serving personnel are away from their families at this time of year.” Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, both served in the military, meaning they have a special appreciation for the forces, as well as an understanding of what it’s like to be away from home to honour their country.
In the true spirit of the holiday season and giving back, the duke and duchess will also be throwing a Christmas party on Dec. 4. The festivities offer a special place for families and children of military servicemen and women to go and celebrate the holidays – a little cheering up while they’re missing their family members! Some 7,500 British personnel will miss the festive season while serving overseas.
The Cambridges are set to invite all families and children of deployed Royal Air Force personnel of Coningsby and Marham and will follow up the fun with a visit to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to bring some holiday cheer to those deployed there.
But that’s not all Prince William and Kate have planned to keep everyone smiling this year! Along with their traditional visit to Sandringham with the rest of the Royal Family, the generous couple – as they do every year – will send festive cards to fans who have sent them wishes. In 2017, the two shared a gorgeous portrait posing with their kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and this year royal watchers can expect another new photo featuring their newest member, Prince Louis.
The message that went along with the card sweetly read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are most grateful for the kind message you so thoughtfully sent for Christmas. Their Royal Highnesses send you their warmest thanks, with very best wishes for Christmas and for the New Year." Her Majesty will also join them in card giving, sending out 750 total, to lucky recipients that include High Commissioners, Governor-Generals, British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers and other members of the household.