Kate Middleton stuns in tartan skirt and cashmere top as Kensington Palace throws Christmas party for RAF families

Kate Middleton, was pelted with snowballs by some mischevious courtiers as she and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, hosted a festive party at Kensington Palace

Kate Middleton stuns in tartan skirt and cashmere top as Kensington Palace throws Christmas party for RAF families

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was pelted with snowballs by some mischevious courtiers as she and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, hosted a festive party at Kensington Palace. The couple was in holiday spirits as they opened up the doors of the Palace for a party dedicated to the families of all deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham. The party came complete with Santa costumes and a fake snow machine.

William and Kate walked the short distance from their apartment in Kensington Palace to the Orangery and were spotted laughing as they went past the snow machine. The Daily Mail reported that 36-year-old Kate looked stunning in a long Emilia Wickstead red tartan skirt paired with a black cashmere top by Brora.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to host a Christmas party to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel serving in Cyprus and their families over the festive period, at Kensington Palace on December 04, 2018 (Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to host a Christmas party to deliver a message of support to deployed personnel serving in Cyprus and their families over the festive period, at Kensington Palace on December 04, 2018 (Getty Images)

The Duchess looked like she was happy and relaxed in the midst of all the rumors surrounding her alleged feud with sister-in-law Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. The two women were reported to have fallen out with each other when Meghan reprimanded Kate's household when she and Harry stayed at Amner Hall over Christmas last year. The joyful encounter today, however, only proves that Kate has a fantastic relationship with her staff.

William and Kate are not the only royal couple who have a festive engagement to attend today. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are reportedly setting out to attend a charity carol service that is set to be held in aid of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund. Meghan is reportedly going to give a reading at the event.

The Duke of Cambridge is the Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, which is said to be currently deployed in Cyprus to support Op SHADER. RAF Marham has the 31 Squadron, which is also said to be contributing in the operation.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge laugh as a machine sprays snow ahead of their royal highnesses hosting a Christmas party (Getty Images)

The event that took place at Kensington Palace today is being supported by The Royal British Legion in recognition of the contribution and sacrifices that have been made by serving personnel and their families all year round, especially when they have to be separated during the festive period.

The Palace said in a statement: "The support of their families and loved ones is vital not only when personnel are serving, but through transition, recovery and civilian life after service, and The Royal British Legion ensures that those family members are supported in return."

The Duke and Duchess are said to fly out to RAF Akrotiri on December 5 in Cyprus to meet up with the serving personnel, their families living on the base, wider station personnel, and members of the local community. RAF Akrotiri is the base of the Cyprus Operations Support Unit which reportedly provides joint support to British Forces Cyprus and other operations in the region to protect the United Kingdom's strategic interests.