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Royal baby has a “strong name” teases Prince William at ANZAC Day service

Prince William made a last-minute appearance at the ANZAC Day ceremony held at Westminster Abbey this morning.

He joined Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to mark the 103rd anniversary of the landings on the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915.

Earlier in the day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a dawn ceremony paying tribute and then Prince Harry laid a wreath at the cenotaph before meeting Prince William and Meghan for service at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry while laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. Photo: Kerstin Heinzmann

Upon arrival, the royals chatted with dignitaries where Prince William noted that his newborn son has a “strong name”, although no indication of what that name might be was given.

Adding on that everyone is “in good form, luckily” and that “sleeping is going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself, which is good.”

Getting her practice walking down the aisle, Meghan and Harry were followed to the front on the abbey by Prince William and The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster.

There was slight confusion as where each person would sit but ultimately Meghan was seated between her future husband and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

The service of Thanksgiving took one hour and included a reading by the Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, High Commissioner for New Zealand.

ANZAC Day honours those who served with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who have “served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.”
Prince William’s participation was only announced that morning with his name not even printed in the programme

On Monday, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their third child, a little boy. She was admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital around 6 am on the 23rd and left again almost exactly 12 hours later snuggling her baby boy away from the cold winds.

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