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British royals William and Kate voice sorrow over Solomon Islands floods

Published on Apr 11, 2014 2:21 PM

AUCKLAND (AFP) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine expressed their sorrow on Friday at deadly flooding in the Solomon Islands, where the royal couple took an idyllic tropical break in 2012.

More that 20 people were killed when flash flooding tore through the Pacific nation's capital Honiara last week, sweeping away entire communities and leaving thousands homeless.

The royal couple, who are currently on a tour of New Zealand, offered their sympathies to the Solomons, where Prince William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is head of state.

"Catherine and I wish to pass our thoughts and prayers to you and the people of the Solomon Islands following the dreadful floods, which have claimed many lives and which have resulted in thousands of families losing their homes," they said in a message to the islands' Governor-General Frank Kabui.

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