Prince Harry Attends ANZAC Day Service at Westminster Abbey
Monday, 25th April 2016
HRH Prince Henry of Wales attended a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark ANZAC Day at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Monday 25th April 2016. The National Anthem was sung.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:
The landing of allied forces at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 led to one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. Australian and New Zealand forces joined together for the first time, and a new word entered the language: ANZAC. Remembering that so many died, we honour the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli.
The memory of what became known as The Great War is with us as a warning and an encouragement. We are warned that war involves suffering and death; we are encouraged by the spirit of national pride shown by the soldiers we remember this ANZAC Day.
At the start of the service the flags of New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and the United Kingdom were carried through the Abbey and placed beside the High Altar. The flags were borne by Staff Sergeant Jason Well (New Zealand), Warrant Officer Second Class Matthew Mancini (Australia), Warrant Officer First Class Halil Yildiz (Turkey) and Warrant Officer Second Class (Company Sergeant Major) Leon Fairbrother, No 7 Company, Coldstream Guards (United Kingdom).
His Excellency the High Commissioner for New Zealand, the Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM, read Isaiah 43: 1-7, and His Excellency the High Commissioner for Australia, the Honourable Alexander Downer AC, read St John 12: 20-28.