Prince William and Kate Middleton mark Anzac Day with call to honour fallen soldiers ‘in spirit’


KATE Middleton and Prince William today paid tribute to fallen Australian and New Zealand troops on Anzac Day.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honoured the day of remembrance – urging people to come together “in spirit” amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the ANZAC service while in Australia in 2014
Kate Middleton and Prince William shared a message to mark Anzac Day

In a touching post shared on social media, the couple said: “On Anzac Day we honour the members of the Australian Flag of Australia and New Zealand Flag of New Zealand Army Corps who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

“This year people are coming together on Anzac Day to remember in spirit, instead of in person.”

Kate, 38, and William, 37, have previously regularly attended services for Anzac Day in the UK.

They have previously attended ceremonies in Australia and New Zealand.

However, services across the UK, Australia and New Zealand were cancelled due to the coronavirus social distancing measures.

Morning memorials in Hyde Park and Westminster Abbey were both cancelled.

Instead, services of national commemoration were broadcast from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

This will be followed by a service hosted by the High Commissioner for Australia and the Acting High Commissioner for New Zealand, before a cultural program takes place in the afternoon.

Anzac Day is an Australian and New Zealand national day of remembrance.

It commemorates the day Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli, Turkey, during the First World War.

It remembers their sacrifice as the 1915 Gallipoli landing, also referred to as the battle of Anzac Cove, resulted in a great loss of life.

Anzac Day was made official on April 25 the following year, 1916.

Prince William, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in 2018
Prince William laying a wreath during Anzac Day services at the Auckland War Memorial Museum last year