Prince William lays wreath at Anzac Day memorial in New Zealand with PM Jacinda Ardern before meeting Christchurch massacre survivors

PRINCE William laid a wreath in Auckland to commemorate New Zealand and Australia’s war dead yesterday.

He attended the Anzac Day event with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and placed the wreath on behalf of the Queen.

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Prince William lays a wreath during an Anzac Day service at the Auckland War Memorial[/caption]


The Duke of Cambridge and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern embraced in a traditional Maori greeting[/caption]

Later today he will visit Christchurch to meet survivors of last month’s mosque shootings – which left 50 dead.

The Duke of Cambridge will also will lay a wreath at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

He visited the country soon after the devastating February 2011 disaster.

Anzac Day is a memorial holiday on the anniversary of New Zealand and Australian soldiers, known as Anzacs, landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

More than 10,000 soldiers from the two countries were killed during that WWI campaign in what’s now Turkey.


Before the ceremony, Prince William performed a traditional Maori greeting with PM Ardern.

The pair carried out a Hongi, an act where the foreheads and nose of each were pressed against one another.

Tens of thousands gathered at memorials throughout Australia and New Zealand for the commemoration.

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The Duke of Cambridge attended Anzac Day services in Auckland. He is due to fly to the South Island where he will visit survivors of the Christchurch mosque shootings[/caption]

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Prince William lays a wreath commemorating the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War[/caption]

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The Anzac Day events come amid heightened security following the March 15 massacre and the deadly Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

A Sri Lankan government minister says the bombings – which killed more than 300 people – were retaliation for the Christchurch shootings.

A lone gunman killed 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques.

New Zealand says it has no evidence of a link.


About 1,000 police were deployed across New Zealand at hundreds of locations.

Security concerns meant Anzac Day events in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, and elsewhere were scaled back.

Turkish authorities yesterday arrested a suspected member of ISIS they believe was planning to attack an Anzac Day commemoration at Gallipoli.

Addressing thousands gathered for a dawn service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for unity following the recent atrocities.

She said: “Let us recommit to always remembering our shared humanity that there is more that unites us than divides us.

“Our sense of independence is as strong as our sense of responsibility to each other and not just as nation states but as human beings.

“That is part of the Anzac legacy.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed a dawn service in Townsville, Queensland, where he shared memories of his grandfather, who served in World War Two.

He said: “Our heroes don’t just belong to the past, they live with us today.”

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