It was the personal touch from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which impressed Dick and Janice Middleton.
The handwritten message on the wreath of red poppies placed at the Stone of Remembrance was simple but said all that was required.
“Never forgetting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom”.
The note is signed William and Catherine.
The royal couple laid the wreath at a solemn national Anzac ceremony in Canberra, in which Prime Minister Tony Abbott thanked them for their attendance.
“Your presence reminds us of all our comrades in arms,” he said.
The Middletons from Engadine in Sydney praised the couple as “so casual and so friendly with everyone”.
The pair, Dick having completed national service with the air force in 1956, and Janice wearing her uncle Merv’s medals from World War I, said the royal couple had lifted the service at the Australian War Memorial.
“They’re not the royals of old,” said 77-year-old Dick.
“It’s written in their own hand – very plain and casual.
“It just shows a different approach.”
William, who was a lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, wore two service medals and a sprig of rosemary to the late morning service.
The Duchess dressed in a grey tweed trench coat and a poppy brooch that Emma, the wife of Australian Victorian Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith, gave her at a reception on Thursday night.
The couple also visited the tomb of the unknown soldier and placed a poppy on the Wall of Remembrance, where they were visibly moved by the sea of red flowers.
The national service was the second attended by the Duke and Duchess on Friday, after they surprised all by joining a record crowd of 37,000 at the Canberra dawn service.
The couple had not been expected at the memorial so early, but made a discreet entry just after 5am.
The final duty on William and Kate’s 10-day visit to Australia was to plant a sapling, cultivated from seeds collected in Gallipoli following the Battle of Lone Pine.
For Prince William, who served in the RAF for more than seven years, the tree had a special family connection.
Prince Henry the Duke of Gloucester – who later went on to serve as Australia’s governor-general after World War II – planted the original pine at the war memorial in October 1934.