The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by her Brother-in-Law, The Duke of Sussex, at Westminster Abbey on Thursday as they attended the ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving. Prince Harry’s name was not on the Order Paper as his attendance was only confirmed hours before in case The Duchess of Sussex had gone in to labour with their first child.
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Harry and Catherine were joined by The Duke of Gloucester at the Service.
The Duke of Cambridge marked ANZAC Day in New Zealand where he is on a two day visit, at the request of the Government, paying tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks. Upon his arrival in New Zealand, Prince William made his way to the Auckland ANZAC Day Civic Service alongside New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff.
The Duke joined the crowd in observing a minute’s silence before laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. William also joined in a special rendition of hymn ‘Abide with Me’ part of which was sung in the Maori language before listening to a performance of Requiem for a Soldier.
ANZAC Day is observed on April 25th every year and is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars and conflicts. ANZAC Day was originally a day to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One.
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From the service, The Duke of Cambridge and Jacinda Ardern made their way to Christchurch to pay tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attack. Ms Ardern has been praised worldwide for her handling of the terrorist attacks and commented on William’s visit, “We welcome this visit by His Royal Highness and know it will bring comfort to those affected.”
Back in London, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Gloucester were commemorating ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey.
The Dean of Westminster led the service and spoke of the importance of “national pride” and prayed for “an end to terror and the triumph of peace” as he too paid tribute to the victims of the New Zealand Mosque terror attacks.
In his address, The Dean of Westminster continued, “We honour today the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli. The spirit of national pride encourages us, as we bring to mind in particular the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together in the coming days.