Members of The Royal Family will attend various engagements in April to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign as well as Anzac Day. The Gallipoli Campaign was a First World War campaign that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire between 25th April 1915 and 9th January 1916. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates those who have lost their lives in conflict though it was originally a day to remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge at a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in London on Saturday 25th April. The ceremony will commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign and Anzac Day after which Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses will attend the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.
Prior to The Queen and Prince Philip’s engagement on Saturday 25th April, The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry will travel to Turkey on Friday 24th April in order to attend services in the country commemorating the Gallipoli Campaign and Anzac Day.
The Princess Royal will also be taking part in the April commemorations as she and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence will attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Wellington Arch on the 25th April. Wellington Arch is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park in Central London and was built between 1826 and 1830.
Commemorations to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign and Anzac Day 2015 were announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in November 2014. At the time of the announcement David Cameron commented, “The First World War saw devastating loss of life and destruction. It also saw incredible acts of heroism and bravery in nearly every corner of the world. When we mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, we will recognise the sacrifice made by so many and reaffirm our gratitude for the contribution of Irish and Commonwealth troops, in particular the role of the Anzac forces whose gallantry there did so much to define Australia and New Zealand as strong independent nations.”
It appears The Duke of Edinburgh will be the busiest Royal on Saturday 25th April as after his engagements with The Queen and Prince William he will attend a wreath laying service at St Paul’s Cathedral. This will be in his capacity as Patron of the Gallipoli Association.