Published 8 March 2011

Prince William is to pay a visit to New Zealand and to Australia on behalf of The Queen following the natural disasters in both countries. Prince William will visit following invitations extended by the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Prime Minister of Australia. The Prince will meet those affected by the recent disasters as well as meeting members of the emergency and other support services. Prince William will first visit Christchurch from 17th-18th March, where he will attend a National Memorial Service on Friday 18th March, as well as undertake other engagements in the area. The Prince will also visit Greymouth, near the site of the recent disaster at the Pike River Mine. Prince William will arrive in Australia on Saturday 19th March, where he will, over two days, visit a number of areas and towns affected by the recent cyclone and flooding in Queensland. On 21st March, The Prince will visit north-west Victoria to view the area recently affected by flooding.