The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on Thursday for the Anzac Day of Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at London’s Westminster Abbey, looking her usual fabulous self. She chose a teal Catherine Walker dress coat for the occasion, which she paired with a matching feather-adorned Rosie Olivia fascinator. She wore her hair up for the event, sported Kiki McDonough earrings and chose green heels for her feet.
Kate was joined by brother-in-law Prince Harry, who was not expected to attend the event, since Duchess Meghan is due to give birth to Baby Sussex“any day.” Harry wore a dark navy suit, on which he pinned a poppy and medals and honours he earned while in the UK military. The two grinned as they greeted each other outside the Abbey before heading in.
Kate also chose a fascinator for her look at the Royal Family’s Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Then, she paired it with a recycled baby blue Alexander McQueen coat dress that she wore during the Easter service in Australia on her tour with Prince William. Today’s Catherine Walker coat appears to be new.
Anzac Day is held every April 25 to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Gallipoli landings, which were part of World War I. It recognizes the sacrifices Australian and New Zealand Army Corps troops made during that operation, which was one of the most brutal battles of the First World War.
This year’s Anzac Day holds additional meaning, as it falls just after the month anniversary of the March 15 Christchurch mosque attacks, in which 50 people were killed and 50 others were injured. “The spirit of national pride encourages us, as we bring to mind in particular the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand,” Dr. John Hall, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, said during the service, according to the Daily Mirror. “We pray for an end to terror and for the triumph of peace.”
Prince William is currently in New Zealand for Anzac Day, and is meeting with Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, along with survivors and families of victims of the Christchurch attacks, and other government representatives. Last month, Harry and Meghan made a surprise appearance at London’s New Zealand House to extend condolences following the attacks.