War widow Daphne Dunne, 99, who embraced Prince Harry, is brought to rest

Prince Harry & # 39; s greatest Australian fan, war widow Daphne Dunne, was honored Tuesday in a service that celebrated her long and extraordinary life.

Mrs. Dunne, 99, was remembered as a & # 39; beloved Australian & # 39; whose personal encounters with the Duke of Sussex had touched the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Mrs. Dunne's flag-draped chest was locked in the St. Philip's Anglican Church in the heart of Sydney to the melody of Waltzing Matilda, led by the Canberra Pipes and Drums.

Among those who expressed their respect was the Gladys Berejiklian of New South Wales.

Her daughter Michelle Haywood said that Mrs. Dunne had a warm and genuine relationship with Prince Harry, whom she met three times during his Australian travels.

"My mother was certainly always just my mother, but somehow she became like a mother and a feast for so many people," said Haywood.

Prince Harry & # 39; s greatest Australian fan, war widow Daphne Dunne, was farewell on Tuesday. The pair is pictured together on Prince Harry's most recent visit to Sydney

Prince Harry & # 39; s greatest Australian fan, war widow Daphne Dunne, was farewell on Tuesday. The pair is pictured together on Prince Harry's most recent visit to Sydney

The coffin of Daphne Dunne is brought to the Anglican church of St. Phillip in Sydney on Tuesday. Mrs. Dunne died a few days after her 99th birthday

The coffin of Daphne Dunne is brought to the Anglican church of St. Phillip in Sydney on Tuesday. Mrs. Dunne died a few days after her 99th birthday

The coffin of Daphne Dunne is brought to the Anglican church of St. Phillip in Sydney on Tuesday. Mrs. Dunne died a few days after her 99th birthday

Mrs. Dunne died at the age of 99 days after receiving a birthday card from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

She suffered from a long period of pneumonia, but a birthday paper from the royal couple had raised her spirit in her final days.

Mrs. Dunne died at the Sydney Adventist Hospital with her daughter Michelle Haywood and one of her granddaughters by her side.

& # 39; She fought as hard as she could, but it just got too much, & # 39; Haywood told Daily Mail Australia two weeks ago. & # 39; It's just so sad. You always want that little bit more. & # 39;

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian greets Mrs. Dunne's daughter Michelle outside the church prior to the funeral service

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian greets Mrs. Dunne's daughter Michelle outside the church prior to the funeral service

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian greets Mrs. Dunne's daughter Michelle outside the church prior to the funeral service

Mrs. Dunne died a few days after her 99th birthday, where she received a card from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Mrs. Dunne died a few days after her 99th birthday, where she received a card from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Mrs. Dunne died a few days after her 99th birthday, where she received a card from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Mrs. Dunne died on April 1, three days after her birthday, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, with her daughter Michelle (photo) and one of her granddaughters by her side

Mrs. Dunne died on April 1, three days after her birthday, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, with her daughter Michelle (photo) and one of her granddaughters by her side

Mrs. Dunne died on April 1, three days after her birthday, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, with her daughter Michelle (photo) and one of her granddaughters by her side

Mrs. Dunne died after a struggle with pneumonia. Depicted are mourning people on her funeral service on Tuesday including Premier Ms. Berejiklian (second from left)

Mrs. Dunne died after a struggle with pneumonia. Depicted are mourning people on her funeral service on Tuesday including Premier Ms. Berejiklian (second from left)

Mrs. Dunne died after a struggle with pneumonia. Depicted are mourning people on her funeral service on Tuesday including Premier Ms. Berejiklian (second from left)

Prince Harry first saw a replica Victoria Cross on Mrs. Dunne's chest at the Sydney Opera House, after completing a deployment in the Australian defense force in 2015.

They met again in 2017 during a rainy Invictus Games launch event and the prince introduced Mrs. Dunne to his new wife outside the opera house during the royal couple's visit to Sydney last year.

A spokesperson for the royal family said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were deeply saddened by the news & # 39; and Mrs. Dunne's family would write personally.

The spokesperson added: & # 39; Their thoughts are with Daphne's family and friends in this difficult time. & # 39;

Daphne Dunne & # 39; s first meeting with Prince Harry at the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015

Daphne Dunne & # 39; s first meeting with Prince Harry at the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015

Daphne Dunne & # 39; s first meeting with Prince Harry at the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015

Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne's war sponge for the second time in Sydney on 7 June 2017

Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne's war sponge for the second time in Sydney on 7 June 2017

Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne's war sponge for the second time in Sydney on 7 June 2017

The war widow was pictured in her hospital bed a few days before her death and read the card that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had sent her.

The war widow was pictured in her hospital bed a few days before her death and read the card that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had sent her.

The war widow was pictured in her hospital bed a few days before her death and read the card that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had sent her.

DAPHNE AND HARRY

MAY 7, 2015: Prince Harry and Daphne Dunne meet outside the Sydney Opera House after seeing her wear a Victoria Cross.

JUNE 7, 2017: The couple walks in and shares a hug during a Invictus Games launch event.

OCTOBER 16, 2018: Prince Harry introduces Mrs. Dunne to his new wife Meghan Markle outside the opera house.

The royal couple's birthday report arrived just days before her death.

& # 39; Dear Daphne, my wife and I send you our warm greetings on the occasion of your 99th birthday on Friday & # 39 ;, read the card.

& # 39; We hope you have a wonderful party surrounded by family and friends and that you have managed to escape from the hospital.

& # 39; Congratulations on achieving this important and impressive milestone before your centenary year next year.

& # 39; Happy birthday Daphne.

& # 39; Best wishes, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. & # 39;

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was one of those members to pay homage to Mrs. Dunne on social media after her death, and said his thoughts were with her family and friends.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Daphne during a walk outside the Sydney Opera House on the first day of the Royal Couple's visit to Australia in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Daphne during a walk outside the Sydney Opera House on the first day of the Royal Couple's visit to Australia in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Daphne during a walk outside the Sydney Opera House on the first day of the Royal Couple's visit to Australia in 2018

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Daphne on social media and said his thoughts were with her family and friends

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Daphne on social media and said his thoughts were with her family and friends

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Daphne on social media and said his thoughts were with her family and friends

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed in an attack on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945. He received the Victoria Cross for his bravery

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed in an attack on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945. He received the Victoria Cross for his bravery

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed in an attack on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945. He received the Victoria Cross for his bravery

Mrs. Dunne died on April 1, three days after her birthday, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, with her daughter Michelle Haywood (photo) and one of her granddaughters by her side

Mrs. Dunne died on April 1, three days after her birthday, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, with her daughter Michelle Haywood (photo) and one of her granddaughters by her side

Mrs. Dunne died on April 1, three days after her birthday, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, with her daughter Michelle Haywood (photo) and one of her granddaughters by her side

Social media were flooded with emotional tributes to the 99-year-old, pictured here in her hospital bed with pet Meeko on her birthday

Social media were flooded with emotional tributes to the 99-year-old, pictured here in her hospital bed with pet Meeko on her birthday

Social media were flooded with emotional tributes to the 99-year-old, pictured here in her hospital bed with pet Meeko on her birthday

Mrs. Dunne spent her birthday with Mrs. Haywood, grandchildren Katie and Charlie, and niece Denise, Robyn and Lynette, as well as her pomeranian Meeko.

& # 39; She had the most beautiful day surrounded by so much love and color and flowers, & # 39; Haywood said.

& # 39; Everyone walking past her hospital room was just blown away. No one could believe it was a hospital room.

& # 39; The staff was great. They have made mama the last few days beautiful. & # 39;

Mrs. Haywood, who is the daughter of Mrs. Dunne's second husband, said on her birthday: "Meghan and Harry have given birth to this terrible disease she has had."

& # 39; She is still very unwell and I think the card they sent means so much. I think it's the case that she's going through. & # 39;

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed in a robbery attack on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945.

He received the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

A public commemoration for Mrs. Dunne will be held at St. James's Church, King Street, Sydney on Friday, May 17 at 10.30 am.

Mrs. Dunee charmed the hearts of everyone she met - including David Beckham, pictured here with her at the Invictus Games in 2018

Mrs. Dunee charmed the hearts of everyone she met - including David Beckham, pictured here with her at the Invictus Games in 2018

Mrs. Dunee charmed the hearts of everyone she met – including David Beckham, pictured here with her at the Invictus Games in 2018

The Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Gloucester, Daphne Chowne and Arthur Chowne (the father of Albert)

The Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Gloucester, Daphne Chowne and Arthur Chowne (the father of Albert)

The Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Gloucester, Daphne Chowne and Arthur Chowne (the father of Albert)

& # 39; I would prefer it to have remained normal and lively & # 39 ;: the heartbreaking story behind the special bond between Daphne Dunne and Prince Harry – and her terrible loss

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed during the Second World War

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed during the Second World War

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed during the Second World War

By Stephen Gibbs

Daphne Dunne captured the hearts of millions when she caught up with Prince Harry in Sydney last year to hug one more time – the third time the couple met in three years.

But behind those charming images of the duke and the 98-year-old war widow is a story of young love, extraordinary courage and terrible loss.

Prince Harry first saw a replica Victoria Cross on Mrs. Dunne's chest at the Sydney Opera House, after completing a deployment in the Australian defense force in 2015.

& # 39; He asked me about the Victoria Cross, & # 39; Mrs. Dunne then said. & # 39; He said he recognized that and wanted to know everything about it. & # 39;

The original VC, awarded to Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, is in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra, along with decorations including a military medal also awarded to Chowne in World War II.

Chowne was one of only 20 Australians to receive the Victoria Cross – the highest Commonwealth award for battlefield defense – during the Second World War.

Prince Harry spent 10 years in the British army and served twice in Afghanistan. It is this shared military history and the interest of the young monarch in war veterans who loved him with Mrs. Dunne.

& # 39; He does a lot for everyone, but he seems to be targeting soldiers who have been injured … that's the reason, & # 39; she said last year. & # 39; It doesn't matter about me, he helps them feel a little better. & # 39;

Lieutenant Albert Chowne was only 24 when he was killed in New Guinea in 1945

Lieutenant Albert Chowne was only 24 when he was killed in New Guinea in 1945

Lieutenant Albert Chowne was only 24 when he was killed in New Guinea in 1945

Albert Chowne was born in Sydney on July 19, 1920 and attended Chatswood Boys Intermediate High School and later Naremburn Junior Technical School.

In 1935 he started working as a craft cutter at David Jones, where he was to meet Daphne May Barton.

Chowne played tennis and rugby union and spent a short period in the 36th Militia Battalion before settling in the AIF on May 27, 1940.

He was initially assigned to the 2nd / 13th Battalion as a peloton and later as a company runner.

Albert Chowne was initially assigned to the 2nd / 13th Battalion as a peloton and later as a partner

Albert Chowne was initially assigned to the 2nd / 13th Battalion as a peloton and later as a partner

Albert Chowne was initially assigned to the 2nd / 13th Battalion as a peloton and later as a partner

The unit arrived in the Middle East in November 1940 and Chowne served eight months in Tobruk the following year. While he was there, Chowne was promoted to corporal.

After Tobruk, his battalion carried out garrison duties in Syria, where Chowne was promoted to sergeant. He was injured in his legs and hands at El Alamein and spent three weeks in the hospital.

Chowne returned to Australia with the battalion in January 1943 before moving to New Guinea in July. He received the Military Medal for twice crawling close to enemy positions to address mortar fire.

& # 39; Chowne was considered exceptionally cool by his comrades and combined fearlessness with a self-effacing way & # 39 ;, according to the AWM.

He was commissioned as a lieutenant in January 1944 and married Daphne, a corporal in the Australian Women's Army Service, on March 15 of that year in the St. Philip's Anglican Church in Sydney.

After completing the jungle warfare training in Canungra in southeastern Queensland, Chowne was posted to the 2nd / 2nd Battalion in October 1944.

His unit was sent to New Guinea two months later. & # 39; Chowne brought a reputation for courage and leadership to his new unit & # 39 ;, according to the AWM website.

& # 39; In March 1945, he carried out a one-man patrol in daylight, at one point stacking an empty cabin through the possessions of Japanese soldiers, whom he shot once discovered.

& # 39; Some who knew him believed that Chowne was destined to win the Victoria Cross or to be killed in action. Unfortunately both have happened. & # 39;

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed during a raid on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945 and received the Victoria Cross, along with a number of other medals, for his bravery

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed during a raid on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945 and received the Victoria Cross, along with a number of other medals, for his bravery

Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, was killed during a raid on the Japanese in Papua New Guinea on March 25, 1945 and received the Victoria Cross, along with a number of other medals, for his bravery

The Governor General presented the Victoria Cross by Albert Chowne in Admiralty House in 1947

The Governor General presented the Victoria Cross by Albert Chowne in Admiralty House in 1947

The Governor General presented the Victoria Cross by Albert Chowne in Admiralty House in 1947

Daphne Chowne received the military medal from Albert Chowne in 1947 as a close family

Daphne Chowne received the military medal from Albert Chowne in 1947 as a close family

Daphne Chowne received the military medal from Albert Chowne in 1947 as a close family

On March 25, 1945, the leading platoon at the Chowne company ran into trouble attacking a Japanese position near Dagua. Chowne left cover and blamed the enemy.

In the ensuing action, he climbed a steep, narrow road and managed to silence two light machine guns with grenades when he fired his sub-machine gun from his hip.

Under intense fire and wounded twice in the chest, Chowne continued to attack a Japanese gunman's pit and brought out two more enemies before he was killed. He was 24.

Chowne's courage ensured that the attack could continue and, according to his VC citation, paved the way for the advance of the 6th Division on Wewak.

Daphne turned 24 24 years after her husband was killed. A bundle of red roses that Chowne sent on the occasion of her birthday arrived just before the news of his death.

& # 39; I'm proud of him, but it doesn't compensate for everything, & # 39; she told the Sydney Morning Herald in September 1945. & I would prefer that he had just stayed and was alive. He was a great man and a great man.

& # 39; I have no plans for the future. It's all dead to me now. & # 39;

The Governor General, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester – the Queen's Uncle – presented the VC of Albert Chowne to Daphne in the Admiralty House in 1947 and then presented it with his other medals to the AWM.

Daphne later married Corporal John Dunne of the 2nd / 29th Battalion, who was imprisoned in Malaya in 1942 and imprisoned by Changi.

Albert Chowne was buried at the Lae War Cemetery. A street in Canberra is named after him, as well as a community house in Willoughby on the lower north coast of Sydney.