Prince William meets with Christchurch survivors during New Zealand visit

New Zealand Prince William Mosque Attacks

William will begin his trip in Auckland on Thursday before travelling to Christchurch to meet with those affected by the terrorist attack, including survivors and their families, first responders and Muslim community leaders.

Al Noor mosque Imam Gamel Fouda, Ms Ardern, MP Megan Woods and Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel welcomed the Duke at the mosque. I have stood alongside New Zealanders in moments of joy and celebration. She woke from a coma earlier this week after suffering critical injuries in the deadly shooting.

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

"What I realised is of course grief can change your outlook", he continued.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the crowd at the Auckland War Memorial Museum that Kiwis needed to recommit to the principles of freedom, democracy and peace that the country had fought for.

William also visited the Linwood mosque and met with some of those recovering from gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital.

The Duke of Cambridge was whisked through the South Island city in a police motorcade after touching down on Thursday afternoon, accompanied by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as he got off his plane.

New Zealand Prince William Mosque Attacks
William was received by Imam Gamal Fouda

Mr Alsati, who is originally from Jordan, said his daughter had suffered brain damage and was initially left unable to speak after the alleged shooter Brenton Tarrant pointed his weapon at her head.

"And in reaction to tragedy, you achieved something remarkable", Prince William said.

William also met with Alen's father, Wasseim, who was transferred to Auckland from Christchurch while still wounded to be by his daughter's side.

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

"I have been visiting New Zealand since before I could walk".

"An act of violence was created to change New Zealand, but instead, the grief of a nation revealed just how deep your wells of empathy, compassion, warmth and love truly run", the prince said after arriving at the mosque from a meeting with hospital staff who had tended to the wounded. During the service, William laid a wreath on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

"You did an incredible job on a very bad day", he said, according to Kensington Palace's Twitter account.

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