Princess Anne marks Anzac Day with visit to war memorial in London as William pays tribute to ‘indomitable spirit’ and ‘courage’ of Australian and New Zealand soldiers
- Princess Anne and her husband attend two commemorative services in London
- Prince William has shared a commemorative video message to mark Anzac Day
- It comes as Royal Family resume official duties after two-week mourning period
- Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings, and is a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand
The Royal family has marked Anzac Day as Princess Anne laid wreaths at a war memorial while the Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the ‘indomitable spirit and courage’ of Australian and New Zealand forces.
The Princess Royal, and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, are attending two commemorative services in London on behalf of the royal family, as they resume their official duties.
Meanwhile, Prince William shared a commemorative video message celebrating the ‘endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship’ of Australian and New Zealand soldiers.
Since the death of the Prince Philip on April 9 the royal family has only carried out official duties where appropriate, and have dressed in black as a mark of respect when in public.
But they are now able to carry out their normal official roles in full after observing the two-week period of mourning.
Pictured: Princess Anne has visited the war memorials at Wellington Arch during a dawn service to commemorate Anzac Day – a day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand
The Princess Royal lays a wreath during a Dawn Service at the New Zealand war memorial
The Princess Royal (left) alongside Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (right) attends a Dawn Service at the Australian war memorial at Wellington Arch in London earlier this morning
Anzac Day – April 25 – marks the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings, and is a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand.
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 backed by Winston Churchill, then first lord of the admiralty, was flawed and the campaign, which faced a heroic defence by the Turks, led to stalemate and withdrawal eight months later.
Pictured: Princess Anne lays a wreath during a Dawn Service at the Australian war memorial
The Princess Royal (centre), alongside the New Zealand High Commissioner Bede Corry (right)
The Princess Royal signs book of remembrance at Wellington Arch, London, to mark Anzac day
Its legacy is the celebration of the ‘Anzac spirit’ – courage, endurance, initiative, discipline and mateship – shown by the Antipodean troops.
William highlighted these qualities in a message to mark Anzac Day sent to the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions in London, along with some Anzac biscuits, on Friday morning.
The duke said in his message: ‘This Anzac Day, Catherine and I join Australians and New Zealanders across the world to remember and honour the servicemen and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
‘Today we stand together to reflect not only on their sacrifices, but also their courage, sense of duty, and their famously indomitable spirit.
‘Though many will still be unable to come together in person this year, we are heartened in the knowledge that Australians and New Zealanders will continue to commemorate those who have given so much for our freedoms.
‘The Anzac qualities of endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship are admired as fiercely as ever before.
‘Lest we forget.’
Anne and her husband were among a reduced number attending the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Wellington Arch, where the princess laid a wreath at both the Australian and New Zealand War Memorials, and signed a book of remembrance.
The Duke of Cambridge has shared a commemorative video message to mark Anzac Day today and praised the ‘indomitable spirit’ and ‘courage’ of Australian and New Zealand forces
Later, the couple will attend the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.
Anzac Day has been commemorated in London since the first anniversary of the Anzac landings when King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey.
Since then, the services have become an important moment for thousands of expatriates and visiting New Zealanders and Australians.
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