H.R.H. Prince William of Wales In Christchurch, New Zealand

After last month’s devastating 6.3 earthquake that left Christchurch, New Zealand in shambles H.R.H. Prince William of Wales toured the city, which he described the damage as “unbelievable” on March 17, 2011.

According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, Prince William met with various rescue workers and toured several quake damaged sites:

Driving through the city streets that had been reduced to rubble by the powerful earthquake, the Prince was visibly shocked by the extent of the destruction.

After stopping off at the Christchurch Cathedral, which has lost its spire and is now surrounded by metal scaffolding, and passing the Grand Chancellor Hotel, the city’s tallest building which is leaning dangerously and will have to be demolished, he told Des Bull, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) engineer: ‘It’s just the scale of it is unbelievable.’

‘When you see buildings like that….that’s very very sad. It really does bring it home to see it leaning like that.’

To read the article in its entirety as well as to watch a video clip please click the link: The Telegraph

Another article and video from the BBC News and ABC News Australia

Photo courtesy of: ABC News Australia by AFP