Britain’s Prince William will “bring comfort” to survivors of last month’s Christchurch massacre when he visits the city next week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The Duke of Cambridge will make a two-day trip starting on April 25 to the tragedy-scarred country, and is also set to meet first res ponders to the March 15 mosque attacks in which 50 people were killed.
“We welcome this visit by His Royal Highness and know it will bring comfort to those affected,” Ardern said in a statement.
“The Duke has a close connection with New Zealand and in particular Christchurch,” she added.
“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.”
He will represent his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, the official head of state of the former British colony of New Zealand.
The Royals have previously expressed sympathy for the attacks, which stunned New Zealand’s small, tightly-knit Muslim community.