Prince Harry has led the nation in honouring New Zealand and Australia’s war dead at a poignant dawn service commemorating Anzac Day.
Harry was joined by fiancee Meghan Markle for the early-morning event at the New Zealand war memorial where thousands had gathered to pay their respects.
As the sun broke over the London skyline, Harry, a former army officer who served for 10 years in the forces, laid his floral wreath at one of a group of metal crosses near Wellington Arch in central London.
A handwritten note from the prince, attached to a wreath of red roses, read: “For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you. Harry."
At a separate dawn service in France, Prince Charles also paid tribute to the fallen soldiers.
Speaking at the Australian National Memorial on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, the Prince of Wales commemorated the dead, saying: "Those men, and their loved ones, trusted that such costly sacrifice would be honoured.
"Today, as we mark a century since they gave their lives, let us resolve to continue to fulfil their trust, so that every passing year will only add to the measure of their honour."
Ms Markle may not yet be a member of the royal family but she has attended a large number of official events in the run-up to her royal wedding on May 19.
The US actress, who wore a grey coat and large brimmed hat, passed a cultural milestone when she, and Harry, were welcomed by Te Ataraiti Waretini from Ngati Ranana – the London Maori Club – with a traditional hongi, the soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other’s breath.
There were other Maori cultural elements during the dawn service including a haka performed at the end, a longer version of the one displayed by the famous New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks before matches.
Ms Waretini said about Meghan: “She was amazing. I’m not sure if it’s her first time at a Maori ceremony but she did very very well.
“It was really lovely to meet her and share the breath of life and share our culture with her and Harry.”