A quick backgrounder on the day’s significance comes via the Australian War Memorial: ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
Initially created to recognize members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in the Battle of Gallipoli in WWI, the day now honors all Australian and New Zealand military personnel who have lost their lives in the line of service. This year’s service also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the allied victory at Villers Bretonneux, bringing an end to the last major offensive of WW1.
Defense Service Chiefs from all three nations laid wreaths this morning. There were several hymns during the service, and The Last Post was played.
There was also a minute’s silence, marking the 103rd anniversary of the Anzac landing in Gallipoli in 1915.
Twitter video clip via Rebecca English of the Daily Mail.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 25, 2018
You see Prince Harry laying a wreath in this video shared by Richard Palmer of The Express.
Prince Harry lays a wreath at the New Zealand memorial. pic.twitter.com/EnyNav4IBD
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) April 25, 2018
The card reads “For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you. Harry”.
There were several ‘firsts’ for Meghan today, including the first time she has signed an official book of condolence with Harry. Rebecca English of The Daily Mail shared a photo of the book.
Sky News put together this video from the morning service.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 25, 2018
Later in the morning Prince Harry took part in a wreath-laying service and parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. To Harry’s left you see New Zealand High Commissioner Sir Jerry Mateparae.
That 11 am event included dignitaries from New Zealand and Australia, as well as other officials and dignitaries from the UK government and military branches.
The Prince laid the first wreath, followed by the High Commissioner for New Zealand and then Australia’s High Commissioner.
Following that memorial, Prince Harry, Prince William (a nice surprise) and Meghan for the annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.
The trio entering the Abbey with the Very Revered Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster.
The flags of Turkey, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia are brought into the service.
William, Meghan and Harry inside the Abbey.
Here you see the Dean of Westminster again, as he delivered the day’s address.
During the service the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand laid wreaths at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) April 25, 2018
The Turkish Ambassador, Abdurraham Bilgic, read the words of Ataturk:
Reveille was sounded.
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
And the service was concluded.
Now we turn to something far less important than the events of the day, but our task nonetheless, what Meghan wore for today’s commemorations.
For this morning’s dawn service she was in a coat by Smythe, the Pagoda style from the Fall 2018 collection.
The coat is a poly/wool blend with a touch of Elastance for stretch and ease of movement. The double-breasted style features slanted pocket flaps, a high back vent, contrasting buttons and interesting detail at the shoulder.Hopefully you can see the additional inset between the shoulder seam and top of the sleeve, an interesting detail and “very Smythe.” The piece is priced at $995. Our thanks to Meghans Mirror for the coat ID.
It looks like Meghan may be wearing the Stella McCartney Pussy Bow silk blouse in black.
Meghan wore her Sarah Flint Jay pumps as well.
For the Westminster Abbey service Meghan showed more of her sartorial diplomacy skills, wearing pieces by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead.
It looks like Meghan was in bespoke versions of styles from the spring 2014 collection, modeled on the ‘Kristie’ top seen above, made of a textured black matelassé. The fabric is a blend of acetate, polyester and acrylic as is the matching skirt, or *possibly* the dress Megan is wearing. Below you see the pieces on the runway and at Net-a-Porter.
When seeing the look from the back you can see how much less volume there is in Meghan’s skirt when compared to what is seen on the model.
Both the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wear Emilia Wickstead. Below you see Sophie in an almost identical ensemble in soft blue matelassé material at a June 2015 garden party she hosted.
Many thanks to Anna and the HRH Countess of Wessex blog for sharing the information and image, and Michelle of Perth’s Fashion for her speedy Emilia Wickstead suggestion.
Michelle also identified Meghan’s hat by Philip Treacy.
It appears to be this style shown on the milliner’s website, without the floral embellishment, and just the single attached dragonfly.
And Michelle made short work of identifying Meghan’s bag, the J Box Clutch by Jimmy Choo.
An enormous thank you and Tip of the Tiara to Michelle, she is always extraordinarily generous with information and ever-so-helpful in other ways.
Once again, we’re seeing Meghan wearing her Cartier ‘Galanterie De Cartier’ earrings, price upon request.
The earrings are described on the brand’s site as 18K white gold, each set with a brilliant-cut diamond available in 0.18 to 0.22 carats and 0.40 to 0.44 carats, and paved with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Due to the variation in the brilliant cut diamonds, the price of the earrings varies and therefore anyone interested in purchasing a pair may request a price via one of Cartier’s Ambassadors on their site.
Meghan was in what appears to be a new pair of Manolo Blahnik BB black suede heels.
Meghan wore a poppy at each event.
- Learn more about Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial website; the organization’s Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- Learn more about the New Zealand War Memorial in London by clicking here
- Visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site to learn more about that organization’s work; the CWGC Facebook page is here, Twitter feed here and Instagram page here
- The Daily Mail’s coverage of the dawn service is here;
- PopSugar’s gallery from the dawn service is here;