Today, April 25, is Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand (or yesterday for all my Australian and New Zealander readers). Prince Harry, the go-to young royal for military services, observed three ceremonies today in honor of Anzac Day.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate those who served and died in war, and was originally observed on April 25 to honor those who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Anzac Day observance in 1916.
Harry attended three Anzac Day services: The Dawn Service at the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner; a wreath laying service at the Cenotaph; and a service at Westminster Abbey.
Addressing the crowds at the dawn service, Alexander Downer, Australian high commissioner to the UK, who also laid a wreath, said:
“When we reflect on Anzac Day we imagine the Gallipoli landings, what it must have been like, at dawn on the water, in sight of that rugged shoreline – and a collectively held breath, a leaden silence about to be broken. We consider the enthusiasm, the courage, and the heroism of the Anzac troops – ordinary men fighting for God, King and empire, for their mates, for adventure, for a world without war.”
Harry wore his three medals – QEII Golden Jubilee Medal, Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan, QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal – and his Royal Victorian Order. He also wore an Anzac Day pin.
As an aside, KP announced two engagements for Duchess Kate on May 4: Kate will officially open Hampton Court’s new Magic Garden children’s play area, and will attend a lunch reception supporting the new center of excellence for children’s mental health in her role at Patron of the Anna Freud Center.
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