Prince at service for quake victims
The Prince of Wales joined in a Maori song at a Westminster Abbey memorial service for the victims of the New Zealand earthquake.
Some 1,900 people, mostly Kiwis, packed into the Abbey in central London to hear hymns, prayers and testimonies in memory of the February 22 disaster that claimed at least 166 lives.
Charles laid a wreath of white and yellow roses outside, to which he had attached a message in Maori reading "You will be remembered always."
Peter Crook, who led the UK International Search and Rescue team effort in Christchurch, said in an address that he was proud that the group had been given one of the toughest tasks - the search and recovery of victims.
He admitted after the service that the New Zealand operation had been a harder one than usual for the team as the country is "so similar to home".
He said: "It's so recognisable, we could have been in the UK. This made it easier to relate to and more personal.
"It was very emotional, the whole thing."
New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra broke down in tears as she read out a testimony about the devastating event.
And the country's prime minister, John Key, sent his condolences to those in the UK who lost loved ones when the quake tore through the South Island city, thanking the British search and rescue and victim identification workers who had travelled across the world to help.
In a message read out on his behalf, he said: "This was not just a tragedy for Christchurch or New Zealand, it was an international tragedy that's had its impact on many around the world, including many here in Britain."