Remembrance

Prince Harry Attends Anzac Day Service At Westminster Abbey

The Duke of Sussex attended the service to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces.

The Duke of Sussex has joined the Duchess of Cambridge at an Anzac Day service in Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry gathered with his sister-in-law Kate on Thursday afternoon to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces.

Harry's last-minute addition, suggested his heavily pregnant wife, Meghan, was not due to give birth soon, although the baby is due any day now.

Prince Harry and Meghan laid a wreath to New Zealand's war dead at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park last October  (Picture: Twitter/Kensington Palace).
Prince Harry and Meghan laid a wreath to New Zealand's war dead at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park last October (Picture: Twitter/Kensington Palace).

Harry and Kate were joined by the Queen's cousin the Duke of Gloucester, for the annual Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving.

The Duke of Sussex's older brother, Prince William, started a two-day visit to New Zealand by attending an Anzac Day memorial service.

The traditional church service in London incorporated an Act of Remembrance, the Last Post and the words of modern Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk from Anzac Cove, read by the Turkish ambassador to the UK.

Prince William attends Anzac Day commemorations alongside New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Picture: Kensington Palace).
Prince William attends Anzac Day commemorations alongside New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Picture: Kensington Palace).

A service at the Cenotaph in London has marked Anzac Day, the annual day of remembrance for armed forces personnel from Australia and New Zealand. 

The day marks the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings and is a national day of remembrance for the two countries.

Representatives of the UK armed forces have paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand personnel at a Dawn Service and during commemoration ceremonies at the Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey.

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Tributes were also paid in London at the Cenotaph (Picutre: MOD).

Thousands of Anzac troops (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) died in the ill-fated 1915 campaign.

Waves of Allied forces launched an amphibious attack on the strategically important Turkish peninsula, which was key to controlling the Dardanelles straits, the crucial route to the Black Sea and Russia.

But the plan was flawed and the campaign, which faced a heroic defence by the Turks, led to stalemate and withdrawal eight months later.

Its legacy is the celebration of the "Anzac spirit" - courage, endurance, initiative, discipline and mateship - shown by the Antipodean troops.