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Arrival of The Duke of Edinburgh to LFB

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Arrival of The Duke of Edinburgh to LFB

Arrival of The Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to the London Fire Brigade

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1963 Arrival Dignitaries Edinburgh Hands Mayor Philip Princes Shake Shaking Visiting


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In this striking photograph, taken in 1963, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, makes an official visit to the London Fire Brigade (LFB). Dressed in a smart navy blue suit and wearing a bowler hat, the Duke steps out of a car, greeted by a line of dignitaries and fire brigade officers. The Duke's arrival at the LFB headquarters was a significant event in the 1960s, marking his support for the vital work of the fire service in London. The Duke's visit came during a time when the LFB was undergoing significant changes. The post-war period saw a rise in population and urban development, leading to an increased demand for firefighting services. The LFB was expanding its fleet of fire engines and training its personnel to meet the challenges of the modern fire service. As the Duke makes his way towards the fire station, he is met with a warm welcome from the Mayor of London and other senior officials. The Duke shakes hands with each of them, exchanging pleasantries and expressing his appreciation for their hard work and dedication. The firefighters, dressed in their iconic uniforms, stand proudly in the background, ready to showcase their skills and equipment to the royal visitor. The Duke's visit to the LFB was an important moment in the history of the fire service in London. It not only highlighted the crucial role of the fire brigade in the community but also demonstrated the support of the royal family for the brave men and women who risked their lives to keep London safe. This photograph captures the essence of that moment, a time when the Duke of Edinburgh paid tribute to the unsung heroes of the London Fire Brigade.

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