Just over a month after the tragic Christchurch mosque shootings, Prince William will travel to the city to pay his respects to the lives lost and to show his support for families of the victims. He’ll also meet with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who invited the kind-hearted royal for the official trip.
It was first reported William would make the trip on March 28, when Kensington Palace released a statement saying he would travel to New Zealand sometime at the end of April – right when brother Prince Harry’s first child is due. The palace said the trip will see William “pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity that the people of New Zealand have displayed in recent weeks.” His time in New Zealand will begin with events on April 25 in Auckland, followed by a day in Christchurch to meet with survivors, first responders and families affected by the attacks.
The father of three visited the city on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island for the first time right after the 2011 earthquake, in which many of the city’s stone buildings were destroyed. Three years later, he returned with Duchess Kate and their son, Prince George, for an official royal tour.
Less than a week after the tragedy that claimed 50 lives and left 50 other people injured, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made a surprise appearance at New Zealand House in London. There, the soon-to-be parents paid tribute to the victims and signed a book of condolences.