Prince William looked dapper in a navy suit on the red carpet at the Pride Of Britain Awards
Prince William paid tribute to the courageous Grenfell Tower firefighter heroes at the Pride of Britain Awards.
The Duke of Cambridge praised the crews who put their lives at risk to save residents trapped in the devastating blaze in west London.
Presenting the This Morning Emergency Services Award to the firefighters, He said: ‘Many people forget the daily grind you go through on a daily basis.’
The Prince also presented a special recognition award to the community around Grenfell Tower.
Alongside the Queen, William visited survivors of the inferno days after the tragedy on June 14.
The royals met volunteers, local residents and community representatives while visiting an emergency shelter.
During an emotional speech, he said: ‘Thank you for the hard work you’ve all done, the community spirit you’ve shown, the coming together as you did so quickly after Grenfell.
‘I’m just so sorry that such an awful event ever occurred.’
He added: ‘I can only imagine how horrendous and difficult it has been for you all.’
William also joined muscian Ed Sheeran in a presentation to emergency responders at the Manchester bombing in May.
He said: ‘I genuinely don’t know how you see some of the things you see and I don’t understand how difficult it must have been for you.’
He added: ‘You take those scars home with you mentally and yet you come back the next day and you still do fantastic work.’
Members of the Grenfell Tower community receive a special recognition award from Prince William at the Pride of Britain Awards this evening
Later in the ceremony, Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable jointly took to the stage to mark the outstanding heroism of Pc Keith Palmer, who gave his life protecting parliament during the London Bridge terror attack in March.
Mrs May said it was ‘fitting’ that Pc Palmer was the first person to receive a posthumous Pride of Britain Award for outstanding bravery, as he gave his life to protect others.
She said: ‘As he stood in defence of parliament, facing down and tackling that evil terrorist unarmed, he stood for Britain, he gave his life for Britain, he was quite simply the pride of Britain.’
Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable jointly took to the stage to mark the outstanding heroism of Pc Keith Palmer
As well as honouring the ‘unsung heroes’ of the Manchester bombing and Grenfell Tower, Prince William also chatted at a pre-party reception was five-year-old Suzie McCash.
Suzie saved her mother’s life by phoning 999 and describing her symptoms to emergency responders when she collapsed and her breathing stopped.
The youngster was the recipient of a Child Of Courage award and was just four when she made the life-saving call.
The Prince said he had ‘no idea’ what his own son, Prince George, would do in such circumstances.
The Duke Of Cambridge also met with Suzie McCash, who won the Child Of Courage award
He told Suzie: ‘I have a four-year-old called George and if I gave him a telephone, I do not know what he would do.’
He added: ‘Do you know what, I’m going to have a conversation with my George about what to do because of what you’ve done – it’s really important.’
Teenage Child Of Courage award winner Moin Younis, who also spoke to William about his ambassador status for a hospice, said he thought the Duke was ‘one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet’.
Moin, 17, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes his skin to blister and bleed from the slightest of knocks, was recognised for his fearlessly positive outlook and determination not to let his condition get in the way of his aspirations and charity work.
The royal was seen taking a selfie with award winner Moins Younis, who won the Teenager Of Courage award
He said: ‘It was crazy, it was amazing. The fact that he knows so much about me and obviously the stuff I do – it means a lot.’
Moin said he was also able to talk to the Prince about his shared love of Aston Villa football club and his thoughts about the current team.
The Duke also met two of the police heroes from the London Bridge terrorist attack, Wayne Marques and Charlie Guenigault, who tackled knife-wielding jihadis during their murderous rampage in June.
The officers said it had been ‘an honour’ to meet the Prince and hear how much he knew of their efforts.
Mr Marques said: ‘It’s great to be honoured by the Royal Family and to actually speak to him like that.’