After a lifetime of dawn shoots, Meghan Markle looked unperturbed to be kicked out of her royal bedchamber to attend an outdoor, 6 a.m. religious service this morning, in memory of the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand servicemen) who gave their lives in combat.
The dawn service, which took place at London’s Wellington Arch, the site of London’s Anzac memorial, represented another important first for Meghan as she takes on an increasing number of official engagements ahead of her wedding to Harry on May 19.
Despite the somber tone of the ceremony, which marks Anzac Day, the anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1916, and was conducted as the sun broke over the London skyline, Harry and Meghan were photographed exchanging loving glances.
Harry wore a blue overcoat bedecked with military medals, while Meghan wore a large gray coat and a black hat, with her hair loose.
Harry laid a wreath of poppies at the base of the Anzac memorial with a note that honored the dead and wounded, reading: “In loving memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and the many whose lives were changed forever. Harry.”
Meghan and Harry, were given a traditional Maori nose-rub “hongi” in welcome by Te Ataraiti Waretini, and a haka—the traditional Maori war dance—was performed at the end of the ceremony, before a waiting car whisked the lovers back to their Kensington Palace love nest.
Ah, to be young, royal, and in love on a fine April morning!