Prince William touched down in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 25 for a two-day visit honoring fallen soldiers and victims of the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack. He visited at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Ardern welcomed William to the country with a traditional Maori nose rub or “hongi” before he attended a service for Anzac Day, which paid tribute to fallen soldiers and veterans of Australia and New Zealand. He placed a wreath at the foot of a monument honoring the military, with a note he wrote, which read: “We will never forget the sacrifice of the Anzacs. With deep gratitude, William.” He is expected to meet with survivors of the Christchurch attacks, their families, first responders, and Muslim community leaders on Friday.
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