The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Gloucester marked Anzac Day on April 25th, commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and honouring returned servicemen and women. Anzac Day has been commemorated in London since the first anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1916, when King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey and more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets, becoming an important moment to recognise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died at Gallipoli in the First World War and during the D-Day landings during the Second World War, and to honour the sacrifices of men and women in all wars.
Organised by the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions, the Duke of Gloucester attended the Dawn Service at the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, while the Duke of Cambridge attended the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph and the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. The Dawn Service at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner included readings, the Last Post, silence, reveille and national anthems, while at the the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph, the Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath on behalf of the Queen. Between 300 and 400 participants took part in the parade, including members of veterans’ associations, service and ex-service personnel and their families.
Following the parade, the Duke of Cambridge was joined by the Duchess (wearing Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl Earrings and a Fern Brooch) to attend the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, which included an Address from the Dean of Westminster, readings from the New Zealand and Australian High Commissioners, prayers read by children of cach country, and a Mãori waiata (song) performed by London-based Ngäti Ränana.