Prince William will visit Christchurch late next month to honour the victims of the city’s dual mosque terror attacks.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the visit, which follows the attacks that left 50 people dead and another 50 wounded after a gunman opened fire on two mosques on March 15.
“I’m really pleased that he can make a short visit to support those affected by the attack and pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity that New Zealanders have displayed in recent weeks,” Ms Ardern said.
A national memorial service will be held in Christchurch on Friday, but the Duke of Cambridge’s visit, on behalf of the Queen, won’t be until April.
The Duke of Cambridge will visit New Zealand on behalf of The Queen to honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack.
The visit in late April will be made at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/rFPlDo8dmJ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 27, 2019
“I am mindful that the trauma in Christchurch will last long after the National Remembrance Service this week,” Ms Ardern said.
“I’m sure all New Zealanders but especially the Muslim community of Christchurch will appreciate seeing the compassion and support, that has been so tangibly demonstrated since the attack, continue into the future.
Prince William visited Christchurch in March 2011 following a deadly earthquake that cost the lives of 185 people.
It is not yet known if his wife Kate and any of the couple’s three children will also make the trip. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last visited New Zealand in 2014, with their eldest son Prince George.