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Prince Andrew lays a wreath at the Australian Shrine of Remembrance

The Duke of York has laid a wreath at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, honouring all Australians who have served in war.

Prince Andrew, who arrived in Australia on Monday for a two-week tour of the country, made the act of remembrance his first official engagement in the country.

After laying his wreath, the Duke met with volunteers who work at the Shrine over afternoon tea.

The Shrine of Remembrance was originally built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I. However, as time has gone by, the memorial has transformed into a national commemorative point, in dedication to all Australians who have served in war.

For the past 70 years, the Shrine has been the centre point of war commemoration in Melbourne.

Each year on April 25th for ANZAC Day, a number of ceremonies take place at the shrine to commemorate those who have served in battle.

The first of these is the Dawn Service, an event that attracted a record crowd of more than 35,000 people. Shortly after, an official wreath-laying service is carried out where officials march to the shrine to place their wreaths.

Before departing for Queensland, Prince Andrew will visit the Royal Children’s Hospital and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Tomorrow, the sixth-in-line to the throne arrives in Brisbane, Queensland, where he will be briefed on the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place in April next year; 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will be taking part.

The Queen will be represented by Prince Charles who will officially open the games and read out Her Majesty’s customary message which will call upon athletes to come together in the spirit of competition.

Royal Central will bring you continuous and up to date coverage of the Duke of York’s tour of Australia.

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