The Duke of Edinburgh to Attend Annual Anzac Day Commemorations

The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the annual Anzac Day commemorations in London, organised by the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions. His Royal Highness will attend the Dawn Service at the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, and later the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

The Duke of Edinburgh will also attend the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph and lay a wreath on behalf of His Majesty The King.

In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the annual Gallipoli Association wreath-laying ceremony in the Crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral as His Royal Highness takes on the patronage of the association, previously held by Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh.

The Gallipoli Memorial, which commemorates all those who took part in the campaign, was unveiled on 28th November 1995 by Prince Philip, in the presence of eight surviving veterans.

Founded in 1969, the Gallipoli Association aims to raise awareness of the campaign, to support the study of the legacy and lessons of the campaign, and to ensure that all who served, and those that lost their lives, are not forgotten.

Anzac Day has been observed in London since King George V attended the first service at Westminster Abbey in 1916 to mark the anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli. Since then, the services have become an important moment to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who lost their lives in conflict and recognise all those who have served.

Anzac Day is commemorated as a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand, with memorial ceremonies held at various locations.