On Tuesday, to mark Australia’s inaugural “Thank a First Responder Day”, Prince William and Kate shared a heartfelt video message. Recorded in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, the couple praised the efforts of those in the emergency service in dealing with the recent bushfire and COVID-19 crises.
Duchess Kate also paid tribute to Australia by recycling a bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress which she first wore in Sydney in 2014. It was the royal couple’s first official trip overseas with their baby George. She even chose a similar hairstyle for the video message as she did in Australia- a half-up style.
In the video, Prince William and Kate recognized firefighters, paramedics and police for their frontline work, saying they should be “immensely proud”.
The video was released by Fortem Australia. It is a non-profit focused on improving the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s first responders communities.
Prince William said: “Earlier this year we witnessed thousands of firefighters, supported by the wider first responder community, as they worked tirelessly risking their own lives to protect Australian communities from the devastating wildfires. The world was watching your efforts, and we were deeply moved by what we saw.”
“Sadly, you’re now on the frontline of yet another emergency,” Kate said.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has brought first responders across Australia together again. Day in, day out paramedics, police, firefighters and support staff work tirelessly to keep everybody safe. They’re often risking not only their physical health but also their mental well-being.”
“Today, on Australia’s inaugural ‘Thank a First Responder Day,’ you all deserve our huge thanks.”
William concluded: “Time and time again when Australia has needed protecting, you have answered that call. You should be immensely proud of everything you do and we send our very best wishes to you all and to your families.”
“Thank you,” they both said in unison.