Prince Harry joins Kate Middleton at Anzac Day service in Westminster

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The Duke of Sussex sat with the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey today as he made a surprise appearance at an Anzac Day service to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces.

Prince Harry, whose first child with Meghan is due any day now, arrived with his sister-in-law Kate around noon before joining her in the pews either side of the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, for the solemn event.

The service of commemoration and thanksgiving this afternoon saw the Dean of Westminster Dr John Hall pray for an ‘end to terror and for the triumph of peace’ as he remembered the New Zealand mosques terrorist attack. 

Harry’s last-minute addition to the royal line-up indicates American former actress Meghan is showing no signs so far of giving birth soon, with the duke able to leave his wife to attend the hour-long memorial in London. 

The duke’s name had not been printed on order of service because of the possibly imminent birth. His brother Prince William is in New Zealand paying tribute at a service in Auckland to those who lost their lives in battle. 

The Duke of Sussex joins the Duchess of Cambridge at an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today

The Duke of Sussex joins the Duchess of Cambridge at an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today

Kate sits solemnly at the service

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Gloucester attend the Anzac Day service

Kate sits solemnly (left) as she walks through Westminster Abbey with the Duke of Gloucester before the service today (right)

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with those attending the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today

The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with those attending the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today

Prince Harry arrived with his sister-in-law Kate around noon to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces

Harry and Kate arrive at the service

Prince Harry arrived with his sister-in-law Kate around noon to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces

The Duke of Sussex and the Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, smile as they attend today's Anzac Day service in Westminster

The Duke of Sussex and the Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, smile as they attend today’s Anzac Day service in Westminster

Harry's last-minute addition to the royal line-up indicates his wife Meghan is showing no signs so far of giving birth soon

Harry’s last-minute addition to the royal line-up indicates his wife Meghan is showing no signs so far of giving birth soon 

The duke's name had not been printed on order of service because of the possibly imminent birth of his first baby

Harry arrives at Westminster Abbey

The duke’s name had not been printed on order of service because of the possibly imminent birth of his first baby

Kate looks deep in thought as she attends the Anzac Day service of commemoration and thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey

Kate looks deep in thought as she attends the Anzac Day service of commemoration and thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey

In London, Harry and Kate were greeted by the Dean of Westminster who shook hands with them as they entered the Abbey’s west door. Kate looked chic in a Catherine Walker coat and Rosie Olivia hat.

Harry, who looked smart in a suit, and wore his medals, looked relaxed as they waited for the service of commemoration and thanksgiving to begin – and appeared to show no expectant father nerves.   

He shared a joke with members of the Chapter of Westminster, the ecclesiastical governing body of Westminster Abbey, as he was introduced to them by the Dean before the service.

Harry also chatted animatedly to Australia’s High Commissioner George Brandis and New Zealand’s deputy High Commissioner David Evans, as did Kate as she followed him. 

Harry joined his sister-in-law at the Anzac Day service as he made a surprise appearance at Westminster Abbey today

Kate smiles as she arrives for the service

Harry joined his sister-in-law at the Anzac Day service as he made a surprise appearance at Westminster Abbey today

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Sussex at the Anzac Day service this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Sussex at the Anzac Day service this afternoon

Kate wears a Rosie Olivia hat to the service today

Kate at the service which remembers the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces

Kate wears a Rosie Olivia hat to the service today which remembers the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces

The Duke of Sussex looks ahead at Westminster Abbey during the Anzac Day commemoration in London today

The Duke of Sussex looks ahead at Westminster Abbey during the Anzac Day commemoration in London today

The duke arrives with Kate after leaving his pregnant wife Meghan to attend the hour-long memorial in central London

The duke arrives with Kate after leaving his pregnant wife Meghan to attend the hour-long memorial in central London

Kate looks chic in a Catherine Walker coat and Rosie Olivia hat

Kate attends the service at Westminster Abbey today

Kate looks chic in a Catherine Walker coat and Rosie Olivia hat as she attends the service at Westminster Abbey today

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.

In his bidding, to the congregation of mainly Australian and New Zealand expats, the Dean remembered the New Zealand mosques terrorist attack that claimed 50 lives last month.

He said: ‘We honour today the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli. The spirit of national pride encourages us, as we bring to mind in particular the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. We pray for an end to terror and for the triumph of peace.’

Earlier, a royal source told the Daily Mail of Harry: ‘The duke is pleased he can attend today’s service, as planned. With their baby due, his name was not printed in the programme in case he was unable to do so.’

Harry looked relaxed as the royal duo waited for the service of commemoration and thanksgiving to begin today

Harry looked relaxed as the royal duo waited for the service of commemoration and thanksgiving to begin today

Kate at Westminster Abbey today

Harry's presence miles from wife Meghan would suggest the duchess is not yet showing any signs of her imminent birth

Harry’s presence miles from wife Meghan would suggest the duchess is not yet showing any signs of her imminent birth

It is understood Harry always planned to attend the service and was pleased to be able to join the congregation

It is understood Harry always planned to attend the service and was pleased to be able to join the congregation

With Harry's baby due around this period, his name was not printed in the programme in case he was unable to attend

Kate smiles as she arrives at Westminster Abbey today

With Harry’s baby due around this period, his name was not printed in the programme in case he was unable to attend

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry laugh together as the attend the Anzac Day service in London today

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry laugh together as the attend the Anzac Day service in London today

Prince Harry gets out of his car as he arrives for an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today

Harry arrives for the service today

Prince Harry gets out of his car as he arrives for an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey today

Meghan is likely to be at home in the couple’s newly renovated Frogmore Cottage in the sanctuary of the Windsor Estate.

While they attended the annual Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, the Duke of Cambridge is in New Zealand where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in battle by attending a service in Auckland.

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.

The traditional church service in London incorporates an Act of Remembrance, the Last Post and the words of modern Turkey’s founder Kemal Ataturk from Anzac Cove, read by the Turkish ambassador to the UK.

The congregation gathers at Westminster Abbey today for the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving

The congregation gathers at Westminster Abbey today for the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving

The Queen's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester

Baroness Scotland at Westminster Abbey today

The Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter (right) arrives for the service at Westminster Abbey in London today

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter (right) arrives for the service at Westminster Abbey in London today

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (left) and US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson (right) arrive for today’s service

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attends the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving today

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence (left) and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox (right) at the service today

Over in New Zealand today, the Duke of Cambridge lays a memorial wreath during the Auckland Anzac Day civic service

Over in New Zealand today, the Duke of Cambridge lays a memorial wreath during the Auckland Anzac Day civic service

The Duke of Cambridge at the Auckland Anzac Day civic service with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today

The Duke of Cambridge at the Auckland Anzac Day civic service with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today

William is in New Zealand today where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in battle by attending a service in Auckland

William is in New Zealand today where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in battle by attending a service in Auckland

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.

Its legacy is the celebration of the ‘Anzac spirit’ – courage, endurance, initiative, discipline and mateship – shown by the Antipodean troops.



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