26 Apr 2019

As it happened: Prince William visits Christchurch

11:49 am on 26 April 2019

Prince William is meeting with about 160 survivors of the mosque attacks in Christchurch this morning, on his second day in the country.

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

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern, Imam of Masjid Al Noor Gamal Fouda, Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods and Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel greeted him just inside the gates.

About two dozen members of the public and a large number of media watched his arrival from over the road.

What you need to know:

  • Prince William has visited Christchurch Hospital and is now visiting Al Noor Mosque. He will also visit Linwood Mosque and lay a wreath at the Earthquake National Memorial. The public will have a chance to meet Prince William after the wreath laying when he takes a short walkabout across the North Bank reflection area.
  • Yesterday Prince William attended the 11am Anzac Day service at the Auckland War Memorial. He later flew to Christchurch where he visited the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct and met Commissioner of New Zealand Police Mike Bush and Superintendent District Commander Canterbury John Price.
  • His visit is focused on the royal family's support in the aftermath of the 15 March mosque shootings.

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