The British Royals React To 'Senseless' Christchurch Terror Attacks
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Cambridge, as well as the Queen, have sent heartfelt messages about Friday's terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The British royal family have expressed their condolences to the people of New Zealand following the mass shooting that left 49 Muslims dead and dozens injured.
In an official statement released by the Buckingham Palace, the Queen -- who is NZ's head of state -- said that she and Prince Philip have been "deeply saddened" by the "appalling events."
"I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives," she went on.
She paid tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who have been providing support to the community and added that her "thoughts and prayers" are with all New Zealanders.
The Queen has visited New Zealand 10 times during her reign. Her first visit was in 1953, a year after her coronation and her most recent was in 2002.
The Queen's two grandsons -- Princes Harry and William -- and their wives have released a joint statement, saying that their "hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives."
"We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people," the statement continued.
They labelled the event as a "senseless attack" and encouraged the people of New Zealand to "unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance."
They concluded their message with "Kia kaha" which is a Māori phrase used as an affirmation, meaning 'stay strong.'
New Zealand holds a special place in the hearts of newlyweds Harry and Meghan who spent four days there at the end of their marathon 16-day royal tour that also included Australia, Tonga and Fiji.
The pair flew into Wellington on October 28, 2018, then moved on to Auckland before wrapping up their last day in Rotorua in the country's North Island.
"It's wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess are coming to New Zealand as part of their first major tour outside the United Kingdom. I know they will receive a very warm Kiwi welcome wherever they go," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ahead of the royal's arrival.
Prince William has visited New Zealand five times, most recently in 2014 with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge and son Prince George.
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