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Kate Middleton's sweet nod to Australia as she joins Prince William in new video message

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made the supportive remarks for the countries Thank A First Responder Day. The couple have been incredibly supportive of first responders in the UK, meeting with nurses to discuss mental health. In a sweet nod to their trip in 2014, Kate wore the same £900 bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress she wore in Sydney with her husband.

William and Kate said to Australia's firefighters, paramedics and police that "you should be immensely proud of everything you do".

The couple were reportedly due to visit Australia later this year and recorded the short film to recognise the efforts of those on the front line dealing with the coronavirus response and other major events in Australia.

William began the message saying: "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."

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PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate Middleton have lavished praised on Australia’s first responders. (Image: PA)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made the supportive remarks for the countries Thank A First Responder Day. (Image: PA)

Kate added to the praise from the royal couple to the first responders.

She went on to say: "Sadly, you're now on the front line 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 wellbeing." 

William then added: "We must mention Australia's volunteer first responders who choose to put their lives on hold, to support their communities, at times of need. 

“And we should not forget that these incredible people are supported every day by their families and friends."

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The couple have been incredibly supportive of first responders in the UK, meeting with nurses to discuss mental health. (Image: PA)

Also in the video, the duchess said: "Today, on Australia's inaugural Thank A First Responder Day, you all deserve our huge thanks."

The duke concluded the address with the words: "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."

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Kate and William have had a solid relationship over the years

Kate and William have had a solid relationship over the years (Image: EXPRESS)

The Cambridges have pledged to make supporting the mental health of the UK's frontline and key workers battling coronavirus their "top priority".

The couple's Royal Foundation is backing the Our Frontline initiative which provides round-the-clock mental health support to everyone from teachers and nurses to bus drivers.

Thank A First Responder Day has been organised by Fortem Australia, a non-profit focused on improving the mental health and wellbeing of those who protect and care for Australian communities.

Fortem says more than 300,000 people put their lives on hold to help the community when needed.

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William and Kate said to Australia's firefighters, paramedics and police that "you should be immensely proud of everything you do". (Image: PA)

The SES has received nearly 2,800 requests for help in the South West region in the last 12 months, which takes in the Geelong region.

SES South Barwon unit controller Lisa Keys said it meant a lot to be recognised.

She said: "I don't think there would be many first responders who would say they never go home and think about the things they've experienced on the job.

"So I guess it's important to not only recognise the courage and bravery, but also thank our First Responders."

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