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Prince Charles says he and Camilla are “utterly horrified” following New Zealand attack

The Prince of Wales has sent a message to the people of New Zealand in which he says the New Zealand attack is “beyond all belief.”

In his message, Prince Charles condemned the “barbaric attacks” and sent sympathy to the families of those involved, as well as praise for the emergency services.

In full, Prince Charles said: “Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which resulted in the cruel and tragic loss of so many people’s lives.

”It is beyond all belief that so many should have been killed and injured at their place of worship and our most special and heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.

“This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community.  I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, the first responders, the people of Christchurch and all New Zealanders at this most heartbreaking of times.”

Nearly 50 people were killed in the attacks which took place at two mosques in Christchurch in Friday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shootings as a terrorist attack, adding that it is one of New Zealand’s “darkest days”.

A man has been charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning.

The Queen also sent a message to the people of New Zealand on Friday.

In full, Her Majesty said: “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.

”At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.”