Kensington Palace has announced The Duke of Cambridge will visit New Zealand in late April 2019 to honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks.
The gunman, Brenton Tarrant, killed 49 people and injured 48 during a shooting rampage in two mosques in Christchurch.
He live-streamed the event for 17 minutes as he shot at men, women and children inside the Al Noor mosque on Friday, 15 March 2019.
The footage has since been removed from social media.
Prime Minister Jacinda Adern has described the terrorist attack as one of New Zealand’s ‘darkest days’.
Prince William will visit on Queen Elizabeth’s behalf, following a request from New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The Duke will meet victims and others who were affected by the attack and pay tribute to the people of New Zealand’s extraordinary compassion and solidarity displayed during the past two weeks.
The full programme for the visit will be announced in due course.
World leaders and heads of states, including Queen Elizabeth, have sent their condolences to New Zealand’s Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy.
Australians are horrified and greatly saddened by the shocking terrorist attack in Christchurch yesterday. I have condemned utterly this atrocity, which has killed and injured so many innocent people as they went about their practice of worship at their mosques.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) March 16, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge visited New Zealand following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011.
Three years later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited in 2014.
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