Sombre tone for Prince William's New Zealand visit

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in New Zealand to pay his respects to the fallen Anzac soldiers and meet with survivors of the Christchurch terror attack.

A royal visit is usually surrounded by crowds of adoring fans, but the tone of Prince William's visit this time has a more sombre tone.

High security means a lot of his movements are being kept secret. Not even his arrival in New Zealand was made public.

Auckland's civic Anzac service was the first sighting of Prince William's visit.

With two service medals on his suit he placed a wreath and a handwritten note to honour the men and women who died fighting for their country.

The public was kept behind barriers and at a considerable distance. They were forced to hand over their bags before entering Auckland's War Memorial grounds for the Anzac service.

Sombre tone for Prince William's New Zealand visit
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One person in attendance said it was all a "little bit scary" but thought was a necessary measure.

"[They] let me keep my camera which is good," she said.

"It is just very important and it's wonderful that he's here," another woman added. "It's good that he's here representing the Queen."

Armed police were in the air and on the ground keeping watch, a reminder this royal visit comes at a time the country is on high alert for another terror attack.

Prince William's movements are intensively planned and strictly guarded.

A private stop at Starship hospital to visit the four-year-old girl seriously injured on March 15 was a reminder of what the focus of his solo trip here is all about.

It was late afternoon when he touched down in Christchurch, the city where terror struck Muslim worshippers, and met with first responders on the front line of the mosque attacks.

A poignant visit to recognise the compassion and solidarity shown by New Zealanders in the wake of tragedy.


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