The Duke of Cambridge will visit New Zealand

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The Duke of Cambridge will visit New Zealand on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed news that the Duke of Cambridge, later in April.

“I am mindful that the trauma in Christchurch will last long after the National Remembrance Service this week,” Jacinda 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 has a strong connection with the people of Canterbury since his visits here following the Christchurch earthquakes.

“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.

“The visit will be another sign that this nation will always stand with those affected by the terror attacks, and the people of Christchurch,” Jacinda Ardern said.

The Duke of Cambridge last visited New Zeeland in 2011, following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011, and he also went with his wife The Duchess of Cambridge in 2014.

It is important to remember, that in the wake of the mass shooting tragedy in New Zealand that left 50 dead, Kensington Palace issued a joint statement on behalf of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan, where the royal couples referred to the “senseless attacks” as a “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch,” the lengthy statement on Instagram began, alongside a photo of the New Zealand flag.

“We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people,” they wrote. “No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.”

And Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of the UK wants to do an even bigger statement by sending Prince William, who will meet with those affected by the attack and will pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity that the people of New Zealand have displayed in recent weeks in behalf of her majesty.

The terrorist attack in Christchurch happened on Friday 15 March where left dozens were dead and seriously injured.

As a consequence of this official travel, Prince William might miss the first birthday of his son, Prince Louis, on April 23; especially if the royal plans to be in New Zealand in the lead-up to Anzac Day. The anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I is remembered on April 25.

Additionally, Meghan and Harry’s first Baby is expected to born by the end of April, thus he might miss this royal event as well.

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