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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 06:31 GMT 07:31 UK
Prince William honours war dead
Prince William

Prince William has attended a ceremony to remember New Zealand's war dead.

The prince, 23, laid a poppy wreath to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II at a gathering of veterans in Wellington.

William has trained with the British and Irish Lions and watched one of their matches while on his 10-day tour.

The trip marks the start of a new phase with his first solo engagements, and the prince continued to demonstrate a more informal style than other royals.

The prince spoke to 28 veterans at the event, asking each one where they had served.

And during the walkabout he gave one woman a "high-five" as well as shaking hands with people as is the norm.

But the prince stood solemnly, with head bowed, before the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

He put the wreath in front of a statue of a mother and two children, representing the families that the soldiers had fought to protect.

Eight guards of honour including two Maoris in tribal cloaks and flax Piupiu skirts attended the ceremony.


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