Duke visits Christchurch mosque where terror struck

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"The message from Christchurch and the message from Al Noor and Linwood mosques could not be clearer".

About 160 people gathered at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch to meet the prince who had earlier told first responders to the March 15 carnage that when "a good friend" is in need "you travel to their place and you put your arms around them".

"On the 15th of March, tragedy unfolded in this room", the royal strikingly noted in his introduction.

He joined the crowd in pausing for a minute's silence ahead of the national anthems of the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The country had stood together in a moment of acute pain and achieved something remarkable.

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"Nothing really trains you for seeing it in real life", concluded the duke, who spent time as a pilot with the air ambulance service in East Anglia.

However, echoing sentiments once shared by Prince Harry on his struggles with grief, The Duke continued: "The startling weight of grief can burst any bubble of complacency in how you live your life, and help you to live up to the values you espouse". It will reveal depths you did not know you had.

In a touching video released on Thursday evening by Kensington Palace, Alen, who only woke from a coma early this week, confidently asked him questions about his three-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte.

Ardern spoke of Prince William's visit, noting that it will "bring comfort to those affected".

RBR Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel David Curley said afterwards the RBR had supported ANZAC Day for two years.

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In Wellington Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy said our history had been shaped by some dark and disruptive events, but we had also been shaped by our responses to those challenges.

Before arriving in Christchurch, William met four-year-old Alen Alsati at Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland.

He visited Christchurch after the deadly 2011 quake, which killed 185 people, and again in 2014, alongside wife Kate Middleton and their first son, Prince George.

With New Zealand still on alert, security during the visit has been tight, with little of the fanfare that usually accompanies royal visits.

More than 10,000 Australian and New Zealand servicemen died in the campaign, and while it failed in its military objectives, it gave rise to commemorations of the courage and close friendship that bind the two countries.

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