Christchurch quake victims will be visited by Prince William of Wales on 17 and 18 March as announced by the St. James Palace today.
The 28-year-old heir to the throne is set to attend the National Memorial Service for the victims of the 6.3 magnitude temblor that killed over a hundred people according to the NZ Herald.
Unaccompanied by his bride-to-be Kate Middleton, William Arthur Philip Louis will also speak with the relatives of the victims Pike River Mine disaster.
NZ Prime Minister said, "This is a heart-warming gesture that will mean a lot to the thousands of people whose lives have been forever changed by these events.
"I would like to personally thank The Queen for thinking of New Zealand in its darkest hours and very much look forward to seeing Prince William again, even though it is in very sad circumstances."
After his special visit, the prince will fly to Australia on 19 March to visit Queensland that was hit by cyclone and flooding.
Meanwhile, the first Filipino to be identified among those who perished in the 22 February disaster was released by the NZ authorities in a report by the ABS CBN News.
The police announced on Wednesday that the 33-year-old Ivy Jane Cabunilas, a health assistant at Christchurch's Cashmere Hospital, was among those who died in the earthquake.
Ten other Filipinos remain unidentified. They are Lalaine Agatep, Mary Louise Anne Amantillo, Emmabelle Anoba, Valquin Bensurto, John Kristoffer Chua, Jewel Francisco, Ezra Mae Medalle, Erica Nora, Jessie Lloyd Redoble and Rhea Mae Sumalpong.
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