For 999 Day in the UK, the Duke of Cambridge celebrated by sharing a sweet photo of him in a firefighter helmet. On Monday Kensington Palace released a bunch of throwback photographs with the royal-one which has the Prince with his brother Prince Harry and his late mother, Princess Diana, as they posed in a vintage fire engine at the Old Fire Station. The picture is from 1988, and also has the royal brother’s cousins Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall in it.
999 Day promotes the work and efforts of the emergency services as well as volunteers, who play a core part in keeping Britain safe. In the caption, Kensington Palace wrote: “Today marks #999DayUK when we celebrate and say thank you to our incredible Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services and all our specialised emergency services for all that they do to keep us safe.”
Drawing attention to the old photo, the message continued: “The first photograph in this post is of The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex and their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, with their cousins Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall in the yard of the Old Fire Station in the grounds of Sandringham House in 1988.”
Prince William has first-hand experience of the life these brave men and women lead, with him being an air ambulance pilot himself, will be visiting The Firefighters Charity at Harcombe House in Devon and will hear about the support that this centre provides to members of the rescue service and their families, as well as meeting with representatives from across the emergency services sector.
Ahead of the engagement, William said in a statement: “As a society, we owe our wellbeing, and indeed our lives, to the men and women in our emergency services who work tirelessly to protect us in some of the most difficult circumstances.” He added: “It is only fitting that we should recognise the vital role that they play, and pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities.”