Royals Offer Condolences To France Following Terrorist Attack in Nice

  July 16, 2016 at 7:38 am by

After the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday night – as the country was full of joy celebrating Bastille Day – heads of state have offered their condolences to French President François Hollande and the victims and families of the 84 people killed in the attack.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth sent a message on behalf of herself and Prince Philip, offering “most sincere condolences to you, the families of those who have died.”

The King of the Belgians said that “Belgians are in solidarity with the French”.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her French-born husband Prince Henrik sent the President a message offering condolences to the injured and mourning families, saying they were “deeply concerned about the attacks in Nice on the day many people celebrate French national day and the ideals that France stands for.”

Queen Rania of Jordan published a message on her Twitter account, saying she was “shocked at the vicious Nice attacks” and everyone “must stand united against acts of terror.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco, whose principality is less than an hour’s drive from the site of the attack, assured President Hollande of “the full solidarity of my country, based on the common fate between Monaco and the French Republic. We remember the victims and express our deepest sympathy for the wounded.”

Dutch King Willem-Alexander said that “Our heart goes out to the victims of the attack in Nice. France was hit hard on the day of its national holiday. We live intensely with all those who find themselves mourning their loved ones.”

Norway’s King Harald offered the condolences of the Norwegian people, saying he learn of the new with “great sadness” and that “a tragedy like the one that has hit France, reminds us of the important of safeguarding our core democratic values, which you celebrated on July 14.”

The King and Queen of Spain paid a visit to the French Embassy in Madrid to personally offer condolences to Ambassador Yves Saint-Geour. They also held a minute’s silence ahead of the day’s audiences at Zarzuela Palace.

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who were recently in the south of France for their annual summer holiday, said they “feel despair at the appalling atrocity in Nice. Our thoughts go out to all those affected and their families.”

The Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that he offers the sympathies and solidarity of the UAE people to the families of the victims, and that “the UAE today is…steadfast in people’s desire to live in peace, stability, security and safety.”

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