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Tuesday 19th November 2019

Prince William shares sweet vintage family photo featuring Prince Harry and Princess Diana

The Duke of Cambridge is marking 999 Day

Royal favourite Prince William has shared a vintage family photograph featuring his brother Prince Harry and mother Princess Diana.

Kensington Palace is marking 999 Day in the UK, which promotes the efforts of the emergency services, with the picture.

The sweet childhood throwback, taken in 1988, shows William and Harry playing on a fire engine at the Old Fire Station in the grounds of Sandringham House.

The photo also features cousins Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, while Diana can be seen in the background watching over the children.

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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. 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. On 999 Day later today The Duke will visit @TheFirefightersCharity at Harcombe House in Devon to hear about the support that the centre provides to members of the fire and rescue service and their families, and meet representatives from across the emergency services sector. On the extraordinary work of our emergency services, The Duke of Cambridge said: "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. 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." 999 Day begins annually at 9am on the 9th September (the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month) and is held to pay tribute to the invaluable work that is carried out by the emergency services and responders. 📷 Getty images / Press Association

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Kensington Palace also posted shots of William meeting various workers from the emergency services over the years.

"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," Kensington Palace captioned the pictures.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is scheduled to visit The Fire Fighters Charity at Harcombe House in Devon today, praised the emergency services in a statement ahead of his visit.

"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 said.

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Prince William is marking 999 day (Credit: Splash)

"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."

One royal fan said it was the first picture that had been posted on the Instagram account showing the Duke and his late mother in the same photo.

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The royals attend the Christmas Day church service last year (Credit: Splash)

"It's the first time I've seen a picture of Prince William and his loving mother together on this profile and it is quite humble, and moving (sic)," they wrote in the comments section.

"Congratulations for all his engagements, his family and his people can be proud of the man he became."

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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.