Last year, Canberra was host to some very special guests when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part the Anzac Day events in the city. Their visit was an iconic one – it marked the first time that members of the Royal Family attended the commemorative service in nearly half a century.
Now, the Australian capital will be welcoming yet another Royal visitor. The Duke of Kent will pay a visit to Canberra and lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial on April 25, to commemorate Anzac Day.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It was initially meant to commemorate only those men who fought during the Gallipoli Campaign. It’s now marked in honour of all the men from Australia and New Zealand who lost their lives while fighting for their country.
The Gallipoli Campaign took place on the Gallipoli peninsula, during the First World War. It was an assault on the Ottoman Empire, which took place April 25, 1915 through January 9, 1916 and ended with heavy casualties for the Allied Forces. Nearly 500,000 members of the British and French troops and Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) lost their lives during the failed attack.
The Duke of Kent is a first cousin of The Queen, and a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. In addition to paying his respects to the fallen at the War Memorial, The Duke will tour Melbourne and Adelaide. There he will make several public appearances, lay wreaths at remembrance sites, and undertake several other engagements in his capacity as Patron of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Earlier this month, during a visit to Canberra, Prince Harry paid a tribute to the fallen soldiers at the very same War Memorial, before touring the World War I and Afghanistan Galleries.
In London, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge, are expected to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph on Saturday. However, if The Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour on the day, Prince William will be forced to withdraw from the ceremony, which will instead be attended by The Princess Royal.
Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry will travel to Turkey on 24 April 24, to attend the services which will be held in the country the next day to commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign and Anzac Day.
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