William and Kate honour New Zealand terror victims

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have led a minutes silence to pay respects to the New Zealand terror attack victims.

William and Kate were visiting 1st Battalion at their base in London to mark St Patrick’s Day.

The parade began with the Last Post, before a minute of silence was observed by the Royals, the Irish Guards and their families who stood in memory of the 50 victims of the Christchurch massacre.

New Zealand’s government has backed changes to gun laws in the Commonwealth country just three days after the horrific shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Police have also confirmed they believe ‘absolutely’ that only one perpetrator was responsible for the attacks during Friday prayers.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, has been charged in court with murder.

He was remanded in custody until April 5.

On Monday, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the Cabinet had made decisions about gun law reform.

She said: ‘This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism, we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our communities safer

She said the Cabinet was ‘absolutely unified’, and said the shootings had ‘exposed a range of weaknesses’ in New Zealand’s gun laws.

It has emerged that the alleged perpetrator bought four weapons online from a gun store in Christchurch.

Malta’s prime minister condemned the attacks in New Zealand as ‘cowardly’ and a ‘disgrace’.

Joseph Muscat said he was furious when he was told the terror suspect had inscribed a reference to the Great Siege of Malta on his rifle.

He said: ‘I was so angry when I realised that this coward tried to paint some historical link between the Great Siege and his own actions.

‘Those who think our history has anything to do with this hatred and terror are so wrong.

‘Malta loves peace and equality. We welcome everyone here.’

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