The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to Australia’s frontline workers in a video message released on 2 June 2020 to mark the nation’s Inaugural Thank a First Responder Day.

Video: Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess recorded their video message at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where they have been in home isolation with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince William acknowledges the tireless efforts of first responders during the deadly bushfire season during late 2019 and early 2020.

We witnessed thousands of firefighters, supported by the wider first responder community, who 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.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 2 June 2020

William and Kate thanked first responders for their efforts during the recent bushfires and the coronavirus crises, praising paramedics, police, firefighters and support staff, saying they should be ‘immensely proud’.

Not-for-profit organisation Fortem Australia shared the video on their Facebook page.

Fortem Australia works ‘to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s law enforcement, national security and first-responder communities’ without any government assistance.

Kate wore the same £900 (roughly A$1,640) bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress on their first day in Sydney during their Royal Visit to Australia in 2014.

The Duke and Duchess were in talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this year about a possible visit this year to see bushfire-ravaged towns after the royal couple said they were ‘shocked and deeply saddened’ by the devastation.

However, all plans for the proposed trip came to a halt courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in both Australia and Britain.

Thank a First Responder Day is a chance to publicly recognise the amazing work of first responders – including those on the frontline, as well as support staff and volunteers.

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