Prince William will visit New Zealand next month to honor the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings, Kensington Palace announced this evening. The trip will take place in late April, and is being made at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and on behalf of the Queen, who serves as monarch of the island nation. Per Kensington Palace, over the course of the trip, "the Duke will meet with those affected by the attack and will pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity that the people of New Zealand have displayed in recent weeks. At this point, it is unclear how long the visit is expected to be, and Prince William could very well be in New Zealand when his new niece or nephew arrives. He previously visited the country with his wife Kate and son George during a tour of New Zealand and Australia in Following the Christchurch attack on March 15, several members of the royal family, including the Queen and the Prince of Wales, sent their condolences to the families and victims of the shootings.
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This is a list of official overseas visits and Commonwealth tours made by the Duke of Cambridge. Prince William , as a child, first traveled with his parents on official visits and tours. Now he is one of the United Kingdom's most important ambassadors; sometimes the Duke travels overseas as a representative of the UK. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Retrieved 2 March
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Another 48 people have been injured in the terror attack, after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
Republicanism is growing and there had been speculation that this could be the last major royal tour to the country and its neighbour Australia. However this morning New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said while it is inevitable the country will eventually ditch the monarchy, that date will be put back because of interest in the Cambridges. At a press conference after a Cabinet meeting today Mr Key, leader of the conservative National Party, insisted that there had actually been a resurgence of support for the monarchy. There's absolutely no question that they've added a huge amount of enthusiasm for the Royal Family, he said. I think there's just enormous respect for her role and the part that she's played and her dedication.