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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced details of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge's upcoming visit to New Zealand.
His Royal Highness is scheduled to travel to Auckland and Christchurch with the prime minister at the end of the month.
During his visit, the prince will meet with survivors of the Christchurch shootings, as well as first responders and the wider Muslim community.
“His visit provides the opportunity to pay tribute to those affected by the mosque terrorist attacks and show support to the local and national community,” Ardern said.
The prime minister hopes the prince's visit, which is on behalf of the Queen, will “bring comfort to those affected”.
William will be the first member of the royal family to visit New Zealand during a terror alert. Specific details of his trip, including any public appearances, have been kept private for security reasons.
His visit - planned for April 25 and 26 - comes two days after Prince Louis' first birthday. William will make the trip alone, as his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, is due to give birth soon.
The prime minister's press secretary, Andrew Campbell, told Stuff it isn't uncommon for the royals to attend events on their own.
The Prince previously visited Christchurch in the wake of the 2011 earthquake, and was inspired by the “resilience and adaptability” of the locals.
Ardern said, “the Duke has a close connection with New Zealand and in particular Christchurch” .
SOURCE: STUFF NZ/PACNEWS
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