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Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex lay a wreath at the official opening of Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, October 20, 2018. (AAP Image)

Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex lay a wreath at the official opening of Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, October 20, 2018. (AAP Image)

FED: Royals Sussex Pool - Anzac Memorial 2


Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018

SYDNEY, Oct. 20 AAP - Royals Sussex Pool - Anzac Memorial 2 - Sunday Telegraph

A solemn tone descended on the Royal tour with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially opening the $40 million Anzac Memorial Centenary Extension at Hyde Park, a project taking 84 years to complete.

Prince Harry arrived wearing the tropical dress of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, with medals, his Royal Victoria Order insignia and sword, while Meghan wore a black Emilia Wickstead dress and Philip Treacy hat.

On an overcast Sydney morning, the couple were greeted by NSW Governor David Hurley and his wife Linda just before 10am before God Save the Queen was played.

A small crowd of fans lined Liverpool Street while tradespeople working on nearby construction sites, had a birds eye view.

The Centenary Extension finally realises the vision of the memorial's architect Bruce Dellit, after it was first opened by the Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester in 1934.

Arriving at the southern end of Hyde Park, Prince Harry and Meghan were escorted by Governor Hurley down a walkway in between the extension's new four-tier cascading waterfall, a feature included in the memorial's original concept but was abandoned when the Depression hit and finances dried up.

They then entered into the new underground Hall of Service which houses a major artwork featuring 1701 soil samples taken from NSW towns and suburbs where young men and women enlisted for the First World War.

The couple, who announced earlier this week they were expecting their first child, continued their tour upstairs at the Hall of Memory.

Prince Harry and Meghan then rejoined the official opening party which included Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott and his wife Nicole.

The Duke and Duchess then a laid a wreath before Prince Harry unveiled the commemorative plaque.

The memorial, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, follows more than two years of renovations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will today maintain their whirlwind schedule by heading to Cockatoo Island for an Invictus event before the NSW Premier hosts a reception in their honour tonight at Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House.

From there, the popular couple will attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games on the Opera House forecourt with Prince Harry delivering an address.

He will then officially declare the fourth Invictus Games for wounded service personnel open.

Source: AAP Australian General News