This morning Prince William mourned with thousands of Christchurch residents at a memorial service to mark the loss of 182 lives during the tragic New Zealand earthquake on February 22. He was joined by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce, along with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and other politicians. He wore a traditional Maori feathered cloak before making an address, which included a message of sympathy from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and the words, “Kia haha,” which means “Be strong” in Maori. Christchurch’s mayor Bob Parker also sent their thoughts to Japan, saying, “The people of this city, we above all, can understand some of the fears and some of the great uncertainties that confront our Japanese brothers and sisters at this time.” Following William’s arrival yesterday he met with locals and Maori elders. It’s also been announced that his April 29 wedding to Kate Middleton will be broadcast live internationally by the BBC.
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