Kensington Palace has released a statement about Prince William’s planned engagements.
Prince William, being a full-time royal, has a very busy schedule-and an upcoming royal engagement he has might get in the way of him being there for some very important moments. Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke of Cambridge will be visiting New Zealand on behalf of the Queen in late April to honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack.
Due to the timing of the trip, which will be made at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, might mean that William could miss two important royal milestones. One is his youngest sons first birthday, while the other is the birth of his brother’s first child. The Palace in the statements says “late April”, and it is quite possible that he would choose to fly around the 23rd of April as he will then be there on Anzac day, which is on 25th April.
During the planned trip, Kensington Palace confirmed that the Duke of Cambridge will be meeting with those affected by the attack. During the trip, he will also pay tribute to the “extraordinary compassion and solidarity” that the people of New Zealand have shown following the horrific attack. Prince William has already reached out to the people of New Zealand as he attended Wales versus Ireland rugby match for the Six Nations Championship on 16 March.
Speaking to the BBC before the match, he said: “I think that no matter which side you’re supporting today, our hearts and our thoughts are with our New Zealand rugby family, particularly in Christchurch after the senseless attack that happened yesterday. Rugby is a big community so it will pull together, I think that everyone and I think most people will be thinking predominantly about what’s gone on down there.
But, that shouldn’t take away from what will be a great spectacle today. He then proceeded to pay tribute to Warren Gatland, who is a New Zealand rugby union coach and his last match as the head coach of Wales. A minute’s silence was then held just before the match started, out of respect for New Zealand, it’s victims and their families.