Kate and William’s last day in Australia began with the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial.
People magazine’s Simon Perry reports, “William and Kate arrived at the ANZAC day dawn service at around 5 am and listened to readings before the full ceremony began.” The day was created to honor the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I. The day also honors sacrifices made by men and women in all wars.
The Duke and Duchess were the first royals to attend an Anzac Day service in Canberra since the Queen and Prince Philip attended in 1970. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Tony Abbott were also at the dawn service.
Mid-morning William and Kate attended the National Service at the War Memorial.
The medals seen on Prince William’s jacket are his gold and diamond jubilee medals given for service to his Grandmother. Both royals are wearing sprigs of rosemary; info from the War Memorial explains why:
Since ancient times this aromatic herb has been believed to have properties to improve the memory. Perhaps because of this, rosemary became an emblem of both fidelity and remembrance in literature and folklore. Traditionally, sprigs of rosemary are worn on Anzac Day and sometimes on Remembrance Day, and are usually handed out by Legacy and the RSL. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians, as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.
The view looking out at the crowd, shared by Sky TV’s Julian Morrison.
The Duke and Duchess place a poppy on the Roll of Honour. It is a striking sight, looking at the number of names and poppies.
The flyby by F/A-18 Hornet fighters. Camilla Tominey and Richard Palmer of the Express were talking about the fact these are the same fighters William and Kate saw at the Amberley RAAF base on Saturday (the 19th), Kate climbed into the cockpit of one of these wearing her LK Bennett Lasa Poppy dress.
At the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb, they placed bouquets.
Nestled in each of the posies was a small wooden commemorative cross with a handwritten message from an Australian school child.
The neatly written message in Kate’s posy read: “In every second of every day, you will be remembered for your courage and your bravery. Thank you for your sacrifice and for what you have done for us. For that, I am truly grateful.”
The cross was part of the Australian War Memorial’s commemorative crosses program. The crosses are distributed to school children to write messages of hope and thanks. They are then sent over to the Western Front to be laid on the graves of the Australian war dead.
They also placed a wreath.
The card accompanying the wreath William and Kate placed on the Tomb reads, “Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”
Both royals planted Aleppo Pine seedlings grown from seeds gathered after the battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli.
The Duchess changed into a Michael Kors look for the next service.
From the designer’s s/s 2014 collection the piece is described as an “indigo twill jacquard swing coat” by Hello! Magazine. It features a fit-and-flare silhouette, front flap pockets, slightly puffed sleeves at the shoulder, front button closure, and full skirt.
The piece originally retailed at £1870, roughly $3150 at today’s exchange rates.
The Duchess isn’t the only celebrity to wear indigo twill items from the Michael Kors spring collection; below we show of-the-moment actress Lupita Nyong’o in separates in the same fabric, worn to a pre-Oscars Women in Film party.
Kate’s coat and hat were in keeping with a military color scheme. It turns out the Duchess’s hat is by an Australian milliner, Jonathan Howard.
The Courier-Mail had the story:
Mr Howard was contacted by Kensington Palace in January and asked if he would like to create a piece or pieces for the Royal Tour of Australia.
Naturally excited by the opportunity, Mr Howard agreed and the consulting design process began.
Mr. Howard’s Hatmaker website shows a broad mix of his pieces.
Kate’s is the Boutton style, available in a number of colors. It sells for $540. It is very similar to the Minoo style; the most obvious distinction between the two is the length of the fabric extensions.
Another view of the Duchess.
Both styles are from Mr. Howard’s spring racing collection. We learn more about the process of dealing with the Palace by returning to the Courier-Mail story:
“More than 30 emails were exchanged, finished samples sent to the Palace for consideration and approval, along with colour swatches too,’’ Mr Howard says.
“The colour palette changed several times, with the final colour to be a dark navy blue as seen today.’’
The chosen modern headpiece known as Boutton (and in a appropriately named ‘Duchess Blue’ hue) is on website www.hatmaker.com.au.
The Courier-Mail story says Kate purchased more than one hat from Mr. Howard, something to look for in the future.
The Duchess had on her diamond and sapphire earrings and appeared to be wearing the Woodland charms by Asprey of London seen earlier in the tour.
People StyleWatch has details on the pin:
Pinned just below Kate’s lapel was a poppy brooch given to her by the wife of soldier Ben Roberts-Smith, recipient of the Victoria Cross, Australia’s highest honor.
UPDATED April 28, 2014: The always-brilliant Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels shared news that this isn’t a poppy, it is actually an anemone. The design is a reproduction of a Carl Faberge piece, the brooch is sold out, but a variety of other items are, including a cuff and earrings.
Ayvee’s post on the piece can be seen here.
Kate’s other accessories: her suede Alexander McQueen pumps and ‘Muse’ clutch by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley.
We’ll leave you with one more photo of the couple.
- Learn more about the Australian War Memorial at this website, by visiting the official Facebook page for the Memorial; its Flickr photo page is here
- Read about today’s service in the Canberra Times by clicking here
- Robert Jobson’s story in the Evening Standard is here, the Daily Mail’s story and videos can be seen here
- Richard Palmer’s story in The Express, “William, Kate and baby George bid farewell to Australia after solemn service for war dead” may be read here