Prince William & Princess Anne Honor Retired Servicemen And Women On Anzac Day
Back to royal duties! Prince William and Princess Anne honored retired servicemen and women on Anzac Day — an annual remembrance day honoring Australians and New Zealanders killed in war — which took place on Sunday, April 25.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's daughter and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, laid wreaths at a war memorial and attended two services in London on behalf of the royal family.
The pair also visited Westminster Abbey for the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving.
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In photos obtained by PEOPLE, Anne wore a purple suit, scarf and hat, as she walked around the memorial.
For his part, William shared a video of himself writing a letter to the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions in London.
“'This Anzac Day, Catherine and I join Australians and New Zealanders across the world to remember and honour the service men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. 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 caption read on Instagram.
"Ahead of the weekend’s commemorative events, The Duke sent a message to mark #AnzacDay to the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions in London," the message concluded.
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"The ANZAC qualities of endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship are admired as fiercely as ever before," William added.
The holiday has been celebrated in London since the first anniversary of the Anzac — which stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps — landings at Gallipoli in 1916, when King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey.
The national day of remembrance celebrates Australians and New Zealanders "who serviced and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations."