Prince William and Kate have delivered a special message – and a sweet gift – to New Zealand to commemorate Anzac Day.
In a written message delievered along with a batch of Anzac biscuits in London, the Duke of Cambridge says the “Anzac qualities of endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship are admired as fiercely as ever before”.
His message and gift came as thousands of New Zealanders today gather together across the country to mark Anzac Day – for the first time in two years, after Covid-19 restrictions meant the anniversary had to be marked without public services in 2020 for the first time since 1916.
Prince William and Kate paid tribute to the “indomitable spirit” and “courage” of Australian and New Zealand forces as he joined the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in marking Anzac Day this weekend.
The Duke of Cambridge said in his message: “This Anzac Day, Catherine and I join Australians and New Zealanders across the world to remember and honour the service men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
“Today we stand together to reflect not only on their sacrifices, but also their courage, sense of duty, and their famously indomitable spirit.
“Though many will still be unable to come together in person this year, we are heartened in the knowledge that Australians and New Zealanders will continue to commemorate those who have given so much for our freedoms.
“The Anzac qualities of endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship are admired as fiercely as ever before.
“Lest we forget.”
William sent the message to the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions in London, along with some Anzac biscuits.
On Sunday (UKT), the Princess Royal, and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, will attend two commemorative services in London on behalf of the royal family.