Prince William commemorates Anzac Day in New Zealand

Shops closed at a local shopping street in Colombo City Sri Lanka

Shops closed at a local shopping street in Colombo City Sri Lanka

Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, visited Christchurch in 2014, when they were on a royal tour of New Zealand.

Alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath commemorating the poignant day in history on behalf of Her Majesty, the Queen.

A crowd that looked slightly smaller than at the Dawn Service stood silently as William walked down the steps of the Auckland War Memorial Museum with Ardern and the rest of the official party. "We are asking for a show of leadership to ensure social media can not be used again the way it was in the March 15 terrorist attack", Ardern said in a statement.

Amid a heightened security presence at Anzac services, with dozens of services cancelled due to security risks, prime minister Ardern said the day was an important reminder to recommit to simple values and not take life - or peace - for granted.

He will shortly travel to Christchurch to meet with first responders and spend his second day in the country speaking with those still injured and members of the city's Muslim community.

Anzac Day marks the April 25, 1915 landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on the Turkish peninsula in an ill-fated WWI campaign against the German-backed Ottoman forces.

William's first stop in Christchurch will be at the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct today.

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In the afternoon, he will go to the Linwood Masjid and later will lay a wreath at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial beside the Avon River near Montreal St.

This will be followed by a short walkabout across the North Bank reflection area where the public can attend.

Last month, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a joint statement with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, sending their sympathies to the people of Christchurch.

There will be road closures in the central city between 2pm and 6pm to allow for the visit. "It's good to see him support us", Boztas said.

"No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship".

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