Prince William meets rescue workers in New Zealand
17th March 2011
Prince William witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by last month's earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Prince met rescue workers and saw the quake-battered centre of the city on his first stop on a tour of disaster-stricken areas of New Zealand and Australia.
Clearly shocked and taken aback by the scenes in the country's second-largest city, The Prince still managed to boost morale with rescue workers, laughing and joking with them whilst thanking them for their efforts.
The Prince, who works as a helicopter Search and Rescue pilot himself, told them: "There was a lot of us who work in the military who were gnashing our teeth to come out here."
His Royal Highness is travelling on behalf of The Queen on his second official trip to the Commonwealth country.
The Prince is due to attend a memorial service in the city, then will travel to Australia to visit Queensland and Victoria, which were both hit by severe flooding.
Earlier this week, St. James's Palace launched a charitable gift fund set up by Prince William and Catherine Middleton for well-wishers who want to send them a wedding present, which includes New Zealand's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
The Prince last visited New Zealand in January 2010, on his first official overseas visit on behalf of The Queen.