While the world is on royal baby watch with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex due to give birth any day now, her husband Prince Harry and sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge honoured Australia and New Zealand’s fallen soldiers when they attended an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on Thursday.
This year marks the 104th anniversary of the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25th April 1915 – where thousands of soldiers lost their lives.
Anzac Day has been marked by members of the royal family for many years, with the late King George V attending the first service in Westminster Abbey in 1916 when more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets of London. Members of the royal family have continued to honour the servicemen and women globally over the years.
Both Harry and Catherine represented the royal family at this year’s service, while royal fans will recall Harry and Meagan visited an Anzac memorial in Sydney during their Australian tour in 2018.
“Having devoted 10 years of service to military duty, including two tours in Afghanistan, The Duke completed his time of service with four weeks with the Australian Defence Force,” a statement issued on the Sussex Royal Instagram page read.
“Their Royal Highnesses remain committed to supporting serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and the families that support them.”
Today, The Duke of Sussex attends the #ANZACday service at Westminster Abbey with The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Gloucester. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended this service last year in addition to the dawn service. They also paid their respects at the #ANZAC memorial in Sydney during their official tour last fall. Having devoted ten years of service to military duty, including two tours in Afghanistan, The Duke completed his time of service with four weeks with the Australian Defence Force. Their Royal Highnesses remain committed to supporting serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and the families that support them. #ANZACDay commemorates the anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1915. ANZAC Day is a moment to recognise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who lost their lives during the landings, and to honour the sacrifices of men and women in all wars. ANZAC Day has been observed annually in London since King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey, and more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. Members of The Royal Family have continued to honour the servicemen and women globally, and today HRH The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects at @AucklandMuseum. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting The Commonwealth country on behalf of The Queen to pay tribute to those killed in the Christchurch attacks earlier this year.
For the service, Catherine, 37, opted for an elegant teal coat, complete with a matching floral fascinator. The mother-of-three accessorised with a green clutch and matching suede stilettos.
Prince Harry looked smart in a suit and proudly wore a range of war medals to the service.
Meanwhile, Prince William joined crowds in Auckland, New Zealand, to pay his respects. He was joined by New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern at the Auckland Museum for the Anzac Day Civil Service. He was spotted greeting families and laying a wreath at the touching service.
The Duke of Cambridge is visiting New Zealand on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, at the request of the New Zealand prime minister. Prince William will pay tribute to those affected by the Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks during his visit.
The Queen last led Anzac Day commemorations at the Cenotaph in London in 2015, where she was joined by other members of the royal family to mark the 100th anniversary. The Duke of Gloucester attended the Dawn Service and a service at the Cenotaph this year.
In Australia, thousands of people gathered across major cities, towns and rural communities to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers.