The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid tribute to Australia’s frontline workers in a video message released today to mark the country’s Inaugural Thank a First Responder Day.
Kate Middleton, 38, recycled a £900 bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress which she first wore in Sydney in 2014, as she joined Prince William, 37, to thank those working ‘tirelessly to risk their lives’ during the coronavirus outbreak.
The royal added a touch of glamour to the outfit by also opting for her £165 gold leaf Catherine Zoraida earrings.
Speaking from their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, where they are isolating with Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, the couple said the country’s first responders deserved ‘our huge thanks.’
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, wowed in bright yellow as she joined Prince William, 37, to thank Australia’s first responders in a video message
The Duchess opted for a natural makeup look for the call, with a touch of lip gloss and a sweep of dark eyeliner across her lids.
Meanwhile the royal swept her hair into a stylish up-do, revealing her set of Catherine Zoraidia gold leaf earrings.
The pieces have proved a stand-out piece throughout lockdown for the Duchess, who has worn them on multiple occasions during quarantine.
Meanwhile the royal also paid tribute to Australia by selecting a gown she first wore during the couple’s tour of the country in 2014.
The Duchess recycled a sunny £900 dress from London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic which she first wore during the couple’s trip to Australia in 2014
The Duchess’ sunny £900 dress mirrored the gold of the Australian flag and was created by the London-based Serbian designer, Roksanda Ilincic.
According to Matches, a retailer that stocked the dress at the time, it was inspired by the work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica and incorporates his trademark bold block colours.
Prince William said their efforts came on the back of their battle against wildfires that decimated vast swathes of the country.
As he paid tribute to the frontline workers in the video clip, the Duke 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 Australia’s communities from the devastating wildfires.
The mother-of-three swept her hair into a glamour up-do to reveal her £165 Catherine Zoraida earrings
‘The world was watching your efforts and we were deeply moved by what we saw.’
Kate added: ‘Sadly, you’re on the frontline of yet another emergency. 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, often risking not only their physical health but also their mental welbeing.’
William explained: ‘We must mention Australia’s volunteer first responders, who choose to put their lives on hold to support communities at times of need.
The Duke paid tribute to first responders in the country, as well as their family and friends, during the short video
‘And we should not forget these incredible people are supported everyday by their family and friends.’
Kate continued the tribute, saying: ‘Today, on Australia’s inaugural Thank a First Responder Day, you all deserve our huge thanks.’
Sending their ‘very best wishes’ to all emergency personnel and their families – including volunteers – William added: ‘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.’
In February this year, it was revealed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were set to travel to Australia to tour bushfire-ravaged towns, after being ‘shocked and deeply saddened’ by the devastation.
Kate last wore the bright gown for a visit to Sydney during the couple’s 2014 Australia tour (pictured, at Sydney Harbour Bridge)
The royal couple were in talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to negotiate the details of the trip before he extends an official invitation, with potential visits to New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia in the planning stages.
It would have been William’s fifth trip to Australia, and the couple’s first since 2014.
Hundreds of towns were affected by the unprecedented bushfire season, with some experts saying it was the worst in Australian history.
It is unknown if the Duke and Duchess’ trip to go Australia will still go ahead later this year.
Kate (pictured in March), Camilla and Sophie Wessex have all been calling UK residents to check in on them during the coronavirus pandemic, according to People
It comes after it emerged Kate, as well as Camilla and Sophie Wessex, have made phone calls to people who are elderly, self-isolating or vulnerable to check in on them during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to People, the trio took part in the NHS Volunteer Responders programme, which is coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), and sees participants ‘check-in and chat’ with people.
The Duchess called Donna Williams, 42, a mother-of-two who is caring for her daughter Alessandra, who suffers from a rare form of Type 1 diabetes.