Prince William's Emotional Arrival in New Zealand
The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Aukland, New Zealand to attend the Anzac Day Civil Service with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern.
While Prince Harry (34) and Duchess Kate (37) attended the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey, Prince William (36) arrived in New Zealand on Thursday (New Zealand time) to show his respect for those who list their lives both in New Zealand and all those servicemen and women who lost their lives abroad.
Anzac Day was originally created to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War One. It now honours all those who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Prince William on emotional visit to New Zealand
It was a very emotional visit with Prince William and Jacinda Ardern greeting each other with a hongi, the traditional Maori greeting. New Zealand's president Jacinda Ardern had asked for the support of the Royal Family on this special day and William travelled to New Zealand on behalf of the Queen.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 25. April 2019
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.#AnzacDay #LestWeForget pic.twitter.com/Yjs0ZjLuiF
His short two-day visit started with a civic service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Auckland's mayor Phil Goff read the Anzac requiem during the service and local church leaders led prayers for the victims of the recent terror attacks in Christchurch and Sri Lanka. Prince William laid a wreath during the service, bowing his head in respect to all those fallen. Further wreaths were laid by Jacinda Ardern and other dignitaries.
Prince William visits Christchurch to meet victims of the recent terrorist attack
The Duke of Cambridge also travelled to Christchurch with Jacinda Ardern to visit the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct and talk to police there who were on call during the bombings that killed nearly fifty people this March.
"You did an incredible job on a very bad day." — At the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct in Christchurch The Duke of Cambridge thanks first responders to the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack. pic.twitter.com/8OqWZJ7JI4— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 25. April 2019
Whilst in Christchurch he met survivors of the Christchurch terrorist attack, along with their families and Muslim community leaders. He visited five-year-old Alen Alsati, who was injured during the attack, and his family at Starship Children's Hospital.
The Duke of Cambridge meets five year old Alen Alsati, who is recovering in Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland after being injured in the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 25. April 2019
Alen woke from a coma earlier this week after suffering critical injuries in the attack. pic.twitter.com/XcNAsIw7xt