A speech by Prince William at the memorial service in Christchurch, New Zealand
Published 08 March 2011
My grandmother once said that grief is the price we pay for love.
“Tena koutou katoa”. Today, I represent The Queen.
I convey to you Her Majesty’s message of deep sympathy and condolence. My grandmother once said that grief is the price we pay for love. Here, today, we love…and we grieve.
We honour the lives and memories of all those who did not survive the earthquake - New Zealanders, and those from many countries around the world who came to this city as visitors, or to make it their home. Our thoughts and our prayers are with their families, wherever they may be.
I also bring a personal message. It arises from seeing this tragedy unfold from afar. It is a message about strength through kindness, about fortitude. For you who are so close to these events, and who have lost so much, it must be hard to grasp the degree of admiration – indeed, awe – with which you are regarded by the rest of the world.
Courage and understated determination have always been the hallmark of New Zealanders, of Cantabrians. These things the world has long known. But to see them so starkly demonstrated over these terrible, painful months has been humbling. Put simply, you are an inspiration to all people.
I count myself enormously privileged to be here to tell you that.
This community, more than any other in the world at the moment, can appreciate the full horror of what is unfolding in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, too.
In the last two days, I have heard tales of great tragedy - but also of extraordinary bravery and selfless courage. Throughout, one phrase unites them all. With The Queen’s heartfelt good wishes, and those of The Prince of Wales and other Members of my family, I say it to you now:
“Kia kaha”. Be strong.
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Al Noor Mosque, Christchurch, New Zealand
The message from Christchurch and the message from Al Noor and Linwood mosques could not be more clear - the global ideology of hate will fail to divide us.
Message to the people of New Zealand from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand
On this visit, I have no doubt that it will be Catherine and not just me who falls for New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of New Zealand and Australia
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia
Prince William to visit Australia and New Zealand - Thursday 17th to Monday 21st March 2011
A message from Prince William to The Prime Minister of New Zealand
Message from HRH Prince William of Wales to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
A speech by Prince William to the New Zealand Supreme Court
New Zealand’s values are ones that I greatly admire.