PRINCE HARRY AND MS. MEGHAN MARKLE TO ATTEND ANZAC DAY SERVICES
Wednesday 25th April, 2018
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will attend services commemorating Anzac Day in London on Wednesday 25th April.
Organised by the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will attend the Dawn Service at Wellington Arch, and the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. In addition, Prince Harry will attend the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph.
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. Since then, the services have become an important moment to recognise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died during the landings. Anzac Day is commemorated as a public holiday in both countries with memorial ceremonies held at various locations.
The Dawn Service at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner will last approximately 45 minutes. The service will begin at the New Zealand memorial, during which His Royal Highness will lay a wreath. The service will also include readings, the Last Post, silence, reveille and national anthems. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle, joined by the New Zealand and Australian High Commissioners, will then walk to the Australian memorial, where His Royal Highness will lay a wreath and sign a book of remembrance.
Later in the morning at the Wreath Laying and Parade Service at the Cenotaph, Prince Harry will lay a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Between 300 and 400 participants will take part in the parade, including member of veterans’ associations, service and ex-service personnel and their families.
Following this parade, Prince Harry will join Ms. Markle at the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. This will be a traditional church service, incorporating an ‘Act of Remembrance’, the Last Post and Kemal Ataturk’s words from Anzac Cove read by the Turkish Ambassador to the UK.
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