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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

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Prince William commemorated Anzac Day in New Zealand on Thursday morning before meeting Christchurch terror attack survivors.

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

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is greeted with a Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is greeted with a Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern He was joined by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, whom he greeted with a traditional Maori touch of the noses called the Hongi, and tens of thousands of New Zealanders paying their respects.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wearing a suit and tie: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he attends the Anzac Day Civic Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William, Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath as he attends the Anzac Day Civic Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum William is on a two-day solo visit to the country, having left his wife Kate at home to attend a commemoration service in London.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Prince William laid a wreath to commemorate Anzac Day in New Zealand this morning before he is due to meet Christchurch terror attack survivors © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William laid a wreath to commemorate Anzac Day in New Zealand this morning before he is due to meet Christchurch terror attack survivors

During the service, 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.

a man in a suit standing in front of a crowd: The Duke of Cambridge cut a sombre figure during the ceremony under the morning sun at Auckland's War Memorial Museum © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke of Cambridge cut a sombre figure during the ceremony under the morning sun at Auckland's War Memorial Museum He asked for a moment's silence 'to pray for our brothers and sisters affected by the atrocities in Christchurch and Sri Lanka.

'We pray for those who have grieved, for those who have died, for the wounded and for those disabled in body and mind,' he said.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shake hands with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as they attend the Auckland Anzac Day Civic Service © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shake hands with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as they attend the Auckland Anzac Day Civic Service 'We pray for refugees, those without home, work or country.'   

Later Prince William laid a wreath on behalf of the Crown and The Last Post was then played before WWI and WWII planes flew over.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wearing a suit and tie: He is on a two-day solo visit to the country, having left his wife Kate at home to attend at commemoration service in London © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He is on a two-day solo visit to the country, having left his wife Kate at home to attend at commemoration service in London The service finished with rousing renditions of the Australian and New Zealand anthems, as well as God Save The Queen. 

Prince William will fly to Christchurch on Thursday afternoon where on Friday morning he will visit Christchurch Hospital and the Al Noor mosque which was targeted in the March 15 terror attack.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the Anzac Day Civic Service with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Mayor Phil Goff at the Auckland War Memorial Museum © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the Anzac Day Civic Service with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Mayor Phil Goff at the Auckland War Memorial Museum He will then visit the Linwood mosque and lay a wreath at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. 

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.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the Auckland Anzac Day Civic Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attends the Auckland Anzac Day Civic Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Despite no signs of imminent threat, armed police were present in large numbers across the country.

a couple of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Later Prince William laid a wreath on behalf of the Crown © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Later Prince William laid a wreath on behalf of the Crown

William will spend most of his trip in Christchurch, visiting first responders and survivors and meeting members and leaders of the city's Muslim community after the March 15 shootings.

It's not the first time tragedy has brought the Duke to the city in the South Island.

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: William will spend most of his time in the South Island city of Christchurch, visiting first responders and survivors and meeting members and leaders of the city's Muslim community after the March 15 shootings that killed 50 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited William will spend most of his time in the South Island city of Christchurch, visiting first responders and survivors and meeting members and leaders of the city's Muslim community after the March 15 shootings that killed 50 He visited the city following the 2011 earthquake that killed 185, and last visited with wife Kate in 2014.

The Duchess of Cambridge will instead attend a commemoration service in London on Thursday, continuing a 103-year tradition started by King George V and Queen Mary.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge et al. in uniform: Prince William (pictured on Thursday) visited the city following the 2011 earthquake that killed 185, and last visited with wife Kate in 2014 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince William (pictured on Thursday) visited the city following the 2011 earthquake that killed 185, and last visited with wife Kate in 2014 The prince's visit comes after Turkish authorities arrested a suspected Islamic State member they believe was planning to attack a WWI commemoration at Gallipoli on Thursday just hours before hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Australia and New Zealand.

a man looking at the camera: Suspect: 26-year-old Syrian national Abdulkerim Hilef © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Suspect: 26-year-old Syrian national Abdulkerim Hilef

The suspect, 26-year-old Syrian national Abdulkerim Hilef, has been detained in Tekirdag, a northwestern province close to the Gallipoli peninsula.

Turkish authorities said they arrested the man after monitoring his alleged telecommunications with identified ISIS members, believing he had plans to attack the dawn service in 'retribution for the Christchurch terror attack'.  

a group of people standing in front of a building: Anzac Day Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Anzac Day Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand

More than 1,300 Australians and New Zealanders are registered to attend the commemoration, with several thousand Turkish police expected to patrol the area.

Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson lamented fundamentalists with 'heinous motives' trying to disrupt Anzac Day services after the potential terror plot was foiled. 

a man standing in front of a crowd: A Soldier stands during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019 in Auckland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A Soldier stands during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum on April 25, 2019 in Auckland Dr Nelson praised Turkish authorities for dealing with the issue.

'It's a reflection of the fact that we do have some people who have heinous motives,' he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

a group of people in uniform: Anzac day is a national holiday in New Zealand, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Anzac day is a national holiday in New Zealand, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day 'The Turkish authorities went to extraordinary lengths to see that the Gallipoli peninsula was secure for the Anzac Day services that are being held there.'

Turkish nationals were banned from attending the dawn service, which Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell is due to be at, amid heightened security fears.

a group of people performing on stage in front of a crowd: Crowds gather during the Anzac Day dawn service in front of the perpetual flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Thursday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Crowds gather during the Anzac Day dawn service in front of the perpetual flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Thursday 'Unfortunately we live in a world where there are people - wherever they live, whatever their background, whatever their beliefs - who are fundamentalists intent on disrupting what we do,' Dr Nelson said.

'The most important thing we can do is go about living our lives.' 

a person wearing a red hat: The last post is played during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Cranmer Square on April 25 in Christchurch, New Zealand © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The last post is played during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Cranmer Square on April 25 in Christchurch, New Zealand A bomb search was underway at Gallipolli to ensure the safety of thousands of people scheduled to attend the service. 

a person standing in front of a building: Inside the Hall of Memory following the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Inside the Hall of Memory following the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day Turkish forces are conducting security checks every couple of hundred metres in the national park surrounding Anzac Cove, The Australian reported.

a little girl standing next to a person: Sisters Tahlia, 5, and Evie Malone, 3, place a poppy on the Roll of Honour following the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sisters Tahlia, 5, and Evie Malone, 3, place a poppy on the Roll of Honour following the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial Those attending the event have been asked to arrive 11 hours early so they can clear three security zones, as well as an airport security checkpoint and a pat down.

Selfie sticks, foam mats and water bottles are banned at the Gallipoli service as part of the security measures. 

Gallery: Prince William visits Christchurch on Anzac Day (Photo Services)



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