Prince William given Maori greeting in New Zealand

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Prince William shared in a standard Maori greeting with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden

The Duke of Cambridge obtained a standard Maori greeting from New Zealand’s prime minister as he started his two-day tour of the nation.

Prince William carried out a hongi with Jacinda Ardern as he was welcomed in Auckland initially of the journey.

His tour started with a service for Anzac Day, which commemorates the army veterans of Australia and New Zealand.

He’s to satisfy survivors of March’s Christchurch mosque assaults – the place 50 folks died – and their households.

Earlier, the duke met a number of the officers and medics who have been among the many first on the scene of the shootings, a few of whom arrived simply minutes after the primary photographs have been fired.

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Prince William met a number of the first responders to the Christchurch mosque assaults throughout a go to to metropolis’s Justice and Emergency Providers Precinct

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In the course of the go to, Prince William requested officers and medics about how they’d put their coaching into apply.

“Nothing actually trains you for seeing it in actual life”, concluded the duke, who hung out as a pilot with the air ambulance service in East Anglia.

“I am certain the workforce pulls collectively,” he mentioned.

Prince William is travelling on behalf of the Queen on the request of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister.

Ms Ardern mentioned the prince’s go to would “convey consolation” because the duke had a “shut connection” with New Zealand and Christchurch particularly.

“His go to offers the chance to pay tribute to these affected by the mosque terrorist assaults and present assist to the native and nationwide neighborhood,” she mentioned.

William provided prayers for the Christchurch neighborhood and described the assaults as a “merciless nightmare”.

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Media captionThe Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath at a service for Anzac Day

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Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the primary main army motion fought by the Australian and New Zealand Military Corps (Anzac) in World Warfare One.

The duke’s spouse, Catherine, will attend an Anzac Day memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London.

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The duke sang a rendition of the hymn Abide With Me, with components of it sung within the Maori language

Kensington Palace mentioned Prince William would “pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity” displayed by New Zealanders following the assaults.

It’s not the primary time that the duke has visited Christchurch within the wake of a tragedy.

In 2011, he attended a memorial service after an earthquake killed 185 folks.

In a speech that day, he mentioned: “My grandmother as soon as mentioned that grief is the worth we pay for love. Right here at this time, we love and we grieve.”

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge additionally visited New Zealand in 2014, on their first official tour with Prince George, then 9 months previous.

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