Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an unexpected appearance at Australia's national dawn service. Photo by Getty
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made an unexpected
appearance at the national dawn service outside the
Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
In the cool morning air, the royal duo stood alongside
Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lynne Cosgrove for
the duration of the short service.
Both are set to attend the major service later in the day and
their appearance before dawn was completely outside their
A spokesman for the war memorial said they only learned the
Duke and Duchess would be attending late last night.
As always, the service attracted a large crowd, likely to
Presenting the address, Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben
Roberts-Smith said Australia was emerging from its longest
war which claimed the lives of 40 soldiers.
He said these were men like their forefathers believed that
our safety, freedom and way of life were more important than
their own suffering and loss.
".... proud willing and capable men who did what needed to be
done," he said.
Corporal Roberts-Smith said Australia's war in Afghanistan
was coming to an end but for those wounded it would never
"It is a profoundly sad reality that our wounded tend to be
forgotten though they have always vastly outnumbered our
dead," he said.
He also called on Australians to never forget those who have
fought for the country.
"We are Australians, we are born of the Anzacs. We are the
custodians and stewards of their spirit now and into the
future. We must take good care of them."
Corporal Roberts-Smith said later it was humbling to have the
duke and duchess attend the service.