Prince William Pays Tribute To Christchurch Mosque Shooting Victims In New Zealand

Prince William Pays Tribute To Christchurch Mosque Shooting Victims In New Zealand

"If I could use the words he used to our staff, "a good friend doesn't pick up the phone when a person is in need - they travel to their place and put their arms around them", he said.

William also made a hospital visit on Thursday, meeting a five-year-old girl in Auckland who was injured in the terrorist attack and recently woke from a coma.

Anzac Day is a national holiday - similar to Memorial Day in the USA - marking the anniversary of New Zealand and Australian soldiers, known as Anzacs, landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

"We're evaluating how we can best support this effort and who among top Facebook executives will attend", the spokesman said in a statement sent by email.

Among them was a card signed by Sadie, which read: "Thank you for helping to save all the people in the church".

'I stand with you in gratitude to what you have taught the world in these past weeks.

"Charlotte. She's about the same age as you", he said.

The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath during an Anzac Day service at the Auckland War Memorial before travelling to Christchurch.

He also travelled to the the sites of March's terror attacks to speak to other survivors and Christchurch's wider Muslim community and offer his condolences.

The devastation of the Christchurch shootings is still keenly felt across the country and was reflected on during the service at the city's war memorial.

In Christchurch, William met first responders at the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

The piece is based on a photograph taken outside the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington, New Zealand in the days following the attack and is expected to be completed by Lizzo by May 30, according to the now-closed fundraising page.

With New Zealand still on alert, security during the visit has been tight, with little of the fanfare that usually accompanies royal visits.

On a warm morning in Christchurch, with autumn leaves blowing towards mosque, Prince William arrived about 10.30am on Friday to be welcomed by Al Noor Imam Gamal Fouda, Ardern, Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Speaking in the room where the gunman struck at Al Noor mosque, the Duke of Cambridge said he could not believe it when he found out a terror attack had been carried out New Zealand, a country he had been visiting since before he could walk.

Ardern spoke of Prince William's visit, noting that it will "bring comfort to those affected".

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