Prince William kicks off New Zealand tour on Anzac Day meeting Jacinda Ardern and survivors of the Christchurch massacre - while Kate attends a commemoration in London

Prince William is on a two-day solo visit to New Zealand, having left his wife Catherine at home in London

25 April 2019 - 08:17

Prince William commemorated Anzac Day in New Zealand on Thursday morning in his first engagement of a two-day visit to meet Christchurch terror attack survivors.

The Duke of Cambridge cut a sombre figure in a navy suit during the ceremony under the rising sun at Auckland's War Memorial Museum.

He was joined by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whom he greeted with a traditional Maori touch of the noses called a hongi, and thousands of New Zealanders.

William is on a solo trip to the Commonwealth country, having left his wife Kate at home to attend a commemoration service in London.

On Thursday afternoon he flew to Christchurch where he met police officers who were on duty during the terror attack that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques last month.

He will on Friday meet survivors of the attack during a visit to the local hospital and both the targeted mosques.

Dutiful: Prince William laid a wreath to commemorate Anzac Day in New Zealand this morning before he is due to meet Christchurch terror attack survivors

Dutiful: Prince William laid a wreath to commemorate Anzac Day in New Zealand this morning before he is due to meet Christchurch terror attack survivors

Sombre: Prince William lays a wreath as he attends the Anzac Day Civic Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
 

Sombre: Prince William lays a wreath as he attends the Anzac Day Civic Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

 

Respectful: The Duke of Cambridge cut a sombre figure during the ceremony under the morning sun at Auckland's War Memorial Museum

Respectful: The Duke of Cambridge cut a sombre figure during the ceremony under the morning sun at Auckland's War Memorial Museum

Tour of duty: The Duke is on a two-day solo visit to the country, having left his wife Kate at home to attend at commemoration service in London

Tour of duty: The Duke is on a two-day solo visit to the country, having left his wife Kate at home to attend at commemoration service in London

Paying respects: Prince William attended the Anzac Day Civic Service with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (centre) and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff (left) at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Paying respects: Prince William attended the Anzac Day Civic Service with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (centre) and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff (left) at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Honouring the dead: William lays a wreath a the service after New Zealand's national threat rating was downgraded from high to medium only last week after 50 Muslims were gunned down at two mosques in Christchurch last month

Honouring the dead: William lays a wreath a the service after New Zealand's national threat rating was downgraded from high to medium only last week after 50 Muslims were gunned down at two mosques in Christchurch last month

Moving service: During the service in New Zealand, Catholic Vicar-General of Auckland, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, said a short prayer for the 359 victims of suicide bombing attacks in Sri Lanka over Easter. Pictured: Prince William
 

Moving service: During the service in New Zealand, Catholic Vicar-General of Auckland, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, said a short prayer for the 359 victims of suicide bombing attacks in Sri Lanka over Easter. Pictured: Prince William

National pride: The service finished with rousing renditions of the Australian and New Zealand anthems, as well as God Save The Queen

National pride: The service finished with rousing renditions of the Australian and New Zealand anthems, as well as God Save The Queen 

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