Prince William was greeted to the Passchendaele ceremony with a hongi from Willie Apiata, as Princess Astrid of Belgium thanked New Zealanders for their sacrifice when her country was destroyed by war at centenary commemorations in Belgium overnight.
The ceremony was to commemorate the 960 Kiwi soldiers who were killed or mortally wounded in the Battle of Passchendaele, on October 12, 1917 near Ypres, Belgium.
Princess Astrid and Prince William both gave passionate speeches about Kiwi soldiers at the event.
"Belgium is grateful, thank you New Zealand, we will always remember you," Princess Astrid said.
Prince William said often the soldiers of WWI are described as ordinary men but "there was nothing ordinary about their service or sacrifice".