And so concludes the Great Royal Cambridge Tour of New Zealand and Australia… Prince William and Kate Middleton concluded their tour on Day 19 by attending services to mark ANZAC day. They then boarded a RAAF plane in Canberra and flew to Sydney, where they changed planes (Will carried George) and flew home to London.
ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to honor service men and women. It was originally in honor of those who fought and died at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. This year is the 99th anniversary. Read more here.
Will and Kate attended a dawn ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to mark ANZAC day. This dawn appearance was unannounced prior to their showing up. Kate wore a black Temperley coat with a full skirt, black gloves and a cream scarf—which she took off at some point. She was wearing some sort of black dress underneath the coat, black tights and heels. She also wore a sprig of rosemary, which is traditional; it grows wild at Gallipoli.
Later in the morning Will and Kate arrived at the War Memorial for the official ceremony. They watched a march of veterans; then laid a wreath on the memorial. They placed poppies on the World War I Wall of Remembrance. They also placed flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. Will and Kate planted an Aleppo Pine tree.
Then Prince George made his final, grumpy, appearance in the arms of his mother when she and Will boarded the plane in Canberra. He gave us so many more Grumpy Faces. It’s his gift to us. He knows we won’t see him again until July for his first birthday, so he gave us a going-away present. So many Grumpy Faces!
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The tour of New Zealand and Australia has been an incredible experience for both the Duke and Duchess and the couple really have enjoyed it immensely. We always said this would be an opportunity for the Duke to introduce both countries to the Duchess and Prince George and the couple have been bowled over by the extraordinarily warm welcome shown to them as a family by people everywhere they went.”
Kate wore a grey/navy full-skirted coat, a navy hat by Australian milliner Jonathan Howard, navy clutch and shoes. She wore her sapphire and diamond earrings, Cartier watch, and Asprey Woodland charms. Kate wore a new poppy brooch, given to her the night before by the wife of a Victoria Cross recipient. And of course a sprig of rosemary.
This is probably the last time we will see Will and Kate for a while. We probably won’t see them until Trooping of the Color in June. I actually think they should go away for a bit. There has been so much constant, over-the-top coverage that I think a lot of people got fatigued by the end (or middle) of the tour. I think it’s best they go away for a couple weeks to give everyone a chance to breath. I don’t think they should wait until June to do an appearance, though. Give it two weeks and then go back to their limited appearances, and ease into making more appearances. I doubt that will happen, though. Hopefully they surprise us and don’t wait until June to come out of hiding.
By the way, I’m probably going to do some sort of fashion round-up post—a “pick your favorite outfit” type thing.