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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend #AnzacDay commemorations

It was an early start for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Wednesday as they attended an Anzac Day Dawn Service at Wellington Arch in London. On the national day of memorial for Australia and New Zealand, Prince Harry and Meghan began their day of engagements at Hyde Park Corner at the New Zealand War Memorial.
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The Royal couple were greeted at Wellington Arch by Te Ataraiti Waretini from Ngati Ranana – the London Maori Club – with a traditional hongi, the soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other’s breath.

On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and the nation, Prince Harry laid a wreath at the arch with a handwritten note that read, “For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you, Harry.”

Just a few hours after the Dawn Service, Prince Harry went solo for a while and laid another wreath on behalf of The Queen at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
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Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps hence ANZAC. Commemorations are held every year on April 25th, the anniversary of the ill-fated landings at Gallipoli where more than 10,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives.

On Wednesday afternoon, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were joined by Prince William at Westminster Abbey for an ANZAC Day Service.

The Very Revd Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, told the congregation, “The landing of Allied forces at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 led to one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. Australian and New Zealand Forces joined together for the very first time and a new word entered the language: Anzac. Remembering that so many died, we honour the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli. The memory of what became known as The Great War is with us as a warning and an encouragement.”
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As the service came to an end, The Dean of Westminster concluded, “As the Union Flag and the flags of Australia and New Zealand are presented at the High Altar with the flag of Turkey in a sign of the reconciliation of old enemies, let us renew our own commitment to the causes of justice and peace throughout the world.”

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