Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prince Willian Melawat Mangsa Gempa Bumi New Zealand

19.03.2011, Sabtu - Prince William telah mengadakan lawatan ke New Zeland tanpa ditemani oleh tunangnya Kate Middleton bermula 16.03.2011 lepas. Prince William mewakili Baginda Queen Elizabeth dan ini merupakan lawatan rasmi kali kedua beliau ke New Zeland. Tujuan lawatan ini adalah untuk melawat mangsa gempa bumi yang melanda New Zealand bulan lepas di Christchurch yang telah mengorbankan 160 nyawa. Beliau juga melawat Bandar Grewmoth yang mengorbankan 29 orang dalam insiden letupan lombong. Dari New Zealand beliau akan melawat Queensland dan victoria, Australia yang dilanda banjir besar baru-baru ini.

Prince William bertafakur selama dua minit bersama para hadiri serta New Zealand's governor-general, Sir Anand Satyanand dan Perdana Menteri John Key di Christchurch memorial service semalam 18.03.2011.

Berikut merupakan titah ucapan Prince William di Majlis berkenaan.

Tena koutou katoa.
Today, I represent The Queen.
I convey to you Her Majesty's message of deep sympathy and condolence.
My grandmother once said that grief is the price we pay for love.
Here, today, we love, and we grieve.
We honour the lives and memories of all those who did not survive the earthquake - New Zealanders, and those from many countries around the world who came to this city as visitors, or to make it their home.
Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families, wherever they may be.
I also bring a personal message. "It arises from seeing this tragedy unfold from afar.
It is a message about strength through kindness, about fortitude. "For you who are so close to these events, and who have lost so much, it must be hard to grasp the degree of admiration - indeed, awe - with which you are regarded by the rest of the world.
Courage and understated determination have always been the hallmark of New Zealanders, of Cantabrians.
These things the world has long known.
But to see them so starkly demonstrated over these terrible, painful months has been humbling.
Put simply, you are an inspiration to all people. I count myself enormously privileged to be here to tell you that.
This community, more than any other in the world at the moment, can appreciate the full horror of what is unfolding in Japan.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them, too.
In the last two days, I have heard tales of great tragedy - but also of extraordinary bravery and selfless courage.
Throughout, one phrase unites them all.
With The Queen's heartfelt good wishes, and those of The Prince of Wales and other members of my family, I say it to you now: 'Kia kaha.' Be strong."

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