Prince William Pays Tribute To Christchurch Mosque Shooting Victims In New Zealand

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William is visiting New Zealand on behalf of the Queen, in a visit created to honour the victims of the March 15 attack, which has come back into the news in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka upon hotels and churches, which the Sri Lankan defence minister said may have been carried out as a reprisal for the mosque shootings.

"On the map New Zealand might look like an isolated land, but in the weeks that followed the 15th of March the moral compass of the world was centred here in Christchurch you showed the way we must respond to hate with love".

Giving an address, Rear Admiral James Gilmour, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said New Zealand was still coming to terms with the mosque shootings.

More than 10,000 Australian and New Zealand servicemen died in the campaign, and while it failed in its military objectives, it gave rise to commemorations of the courage and close friendship that bind the two countries.

Just days after waking from a coma, five-year-old Alen Alsati was greeted by a prince at her hospital bedside.

"When he said he was there to put his arms around us as a friend and offer support, that really had an impact on us".

Proceeded by a large contingent of police and watched overhead by the police eagle helicopter, the Duke of Cambridge arrived at Al Noor Mosque.

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For many, the blasts stirred painful memories of Sri Lanka's civil war, when bomb attacks were a frequent occurrence. Sri Lanka's government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).

He also met police and ambulance staff in Christchurch, some of whom were the first on the scene after the shootings.

Describing the attacks as a "cruel nightmare", he offered prayers for the Christchurch community. "Thank you PM @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your honest empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world", Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, wrote on Twitter, sharing an image of the Burj Khalifa.

In Christchurch, William met first responders at the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embraces a woman outside the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington on Sunday, March 18, after the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.

Prince William is on a two-day visit to New Zealand to take part in ANZAC ceremonies and visit the two mosques where a gunman killed 50 people on March 15.

Ardern spoke of Prince William's visit, noting that it will "bring comfort to those affected".

Prince William joined Jacinda Ardern at an Anzac Day service on Thursday.

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