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Prince William given Maori greeting in Christchurch



 Prince William greeted the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, with a traditional Maori greeting called the Hongi

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Prince William shared a traditional Maori greeting with New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden
                

The Prince William performed a hong with Jacinda Ardern as he was welcomed in Auckland at the time.

The Duke of Cambridge was greeted with a traditional Maori nose from New Zealand's prime minister, as he began his two-day tour of the country.

He is about to meet the survivors of March's Christchurch mosque aurments ̵

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His tour began with a service for Anzac Day, which commemorates the veterans of Australia and New Zealand. their families.

The duke is also expected to visit the emergency services staff and the Muslim community leaders.

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Media caption The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath at a service for Anzac Day

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Prince William is traveling by the Queen at the request of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister.

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" 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, "she said.

William offered up prayers for the Christchurch community and described the attacks as" cruel nightmares. "

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) in the World War One

The duke's wife, Catherine, will attend an Anzac Day memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London

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The duke sang a rendition of the hymn Abide With Me, with parts of it sung in the Maori language
                

The Kensington Palace said Prince William would "pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity" displayed by New Zealanders following the attacks.

It's not the first time that the duke has visited Christchurch in the aftermath of a tragedy.

In 2011, he attended a memorial service after a landquake killed 185 people.

In a speech that day, he said: "My grandmother once said that the grief is the price we pay for love. Here, today, we love and we grieve. "

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge also visited New Zealand in 2014, their first official tour with Prince George, then nine months old.


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