Christmas 1988: Princes William & Harry Play On A Vintage Fire Truck

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Princes William and Harry played on a vintage fire engine with cousin Peter Phillips on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate in January 1988. The royal family had gathered together at Sandringham for Christmas, as they do annually, and attended church on the first Sunday of the new year. Afterwards, Her Majesty brought the family round to greet the press, but had a special surprise in store for her grandchildren.

Parked in the old fire station yard was an ancient truck that King George VI bought in 1939. The grandkids pretended to be firemen, ringing the bell and wearing vintage helmets. “There’s a fire,” William yelled as Peter pretended to steer. The Princess of Wales had to tear Harry off the vehicle, while the Queen looked more like a nervous granny than a monarch as she watched her grandkids play.

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