Kate Middleton and Prince William continued their tour of New Zealand by visiting Christchurch. 185 people died and more than 6,500 were injured in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the city in February 2011. Speaking at the Royal New Zealand Air Force museum, the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to the residents of the city.

"Despite the daunting job ahead of you, life continues with classic Kiwi humour, creativity, innovation and determination. Christchurch remains a buzzing, thriving city. The reason why the earthquakes did not defeat Christchurch is because of you," said William.

Afterwards, the royal couple laid roses at the Air Force Wall of Remembrance before unveiling a new memorial plaque honouring air force personnel who served on peacekeeping missions around the world.

The next stop of the tour sees the two go to the capital where they are expected to spend the night at Government House with their son Prince George.