Anzac Day service remembers victims of New Zealand mosque terror attacks

By Tony Jones, Press Association Court Correspondent

The Dean of Westminster has prayed for an ”end to terror and for the triumph of peace” as he remembered the New Zealand mosques terrorist attack on Anzac Day.

Dr John Hall also spoke about the importance of “national pride” as he led the annual Westminster Abbey Service honouring Australia and New Zealand’s war dead.

The Duke of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the event, alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, which was only announced a few hours before the congregation arrived.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex attend the Anzac Day service of commemoration and thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey (Jeremy Selwyn/Evening Standard/PA)

His presence suggested his pregnant wife Meghan, who has not been seen publicly for some weeks, was not due to give birth imminently.

In his bidding the Dean said: “We honour today the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli.

“The spirit of national pride encourages us, as we bring to mind in particular the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“We pray for an end to terror and for the triumph of peace.”

Anzac Day – April 25 – marks the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings, and is a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand.