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lula 08-20-2008 02:15 PM

The Spanish Royals' Response to the Aeroplane Crash in Madrid: August 21, 2008

The King shows his "consternation" and "pain" for the magnitude of the tragedy

The King showed his "consternation", "horror" and "pain" for the magnitude of the accident happened this evening in the airport of Madrid Barajas for a plane of the company Spanair that was going to Las Palmas with 164 passengers and 9 crewmen on board, reported a speaker of Royal House.

The Royal Family to the complete one, some of which members they are in Pekin following the Olympic Games, is " very affected " for the tragedy and is kept permanently informed about the evolution of the events, it added the same source.

lula 08-20-2008 04:01 PM

The Queen will return in the early morning to Madrid from Beijing, since she had foreseen

The Queen will return to Madrid in the first hour of tomorrow proceeding from Beijing, where she has been following the Olympic Games, they informed today to Europa Press sources of the Olympic Spanish Committee, which added that Dona Sofía already had foreseen to return tomorrow to Spain before there was produced the accident of Spanair's plane.

Dona Sofía has embarked this evening (dawn in China) in a direct flight Madrid, which has arrival foreseen tomorrow around 6.00, according to the same sources, which added that the Dukes of Palm, who also are in Beijing, will pass this night in the Chinese capital.

carlota 08-20-2008 10:05 PM

i'm sure we will see most of the spanish family back in madrid. the most important politicians have suspended their holidays and i would suspect the royal family will do the same.
it was such a catastrophic event and i really feel for the families of the victims... hopefully those in hospital will recover.

LadyFinn 08-20-2008 11:28 PM

EuropaPress/La Reina regresará a primera hora de la mañana a Madrid desde Beijing, como tenía previsto
The Queen returns to Madrid early this morning.
EuropaPress/Accidente Barajas.- Los Reyes se desplazarán mañana a IFEMA y los Príncipes visitarán a los heridos
The Kings will travel today to Tanatorio installed in the Ifema exhibition centre with the aim of supporting the families of those killed in plane crash today at Barajas airport, while the Princes of Asturias foreseen in the afternoon to visit the wounded admitted to various hospitals in Madrid, a spokesman for Royal House told to Europa press.

PrincessofEurope 08-21-2008 06:50 AM visiting those injured after the plane crash in hospital

PrincessofEurope 08-21-2008 06:51 AM

lula 08-21-2008 08:27 AM

The Kings accompany the relatives of the victims in Ifema

Don Juan Carlos and dona Sofía came at 12.30 hours to the terminal 4 of Barajas to meet the persons in charge of the airport and to know the details of the desaster. Together with the Kings they are present at the meeting the minister of Promotion, Magdalena Álvarez, the director in functions of AENA, Javier Marín, and that of the airport, Miguel Ángel Oleaga.

Later, the Kings have come about 13:20 to Ifema's fairground enclosure, accompanied of the chairwoman of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, and the minister of Promotion, Magdalena Alvarez, to accompany the relatives of the victims of the flight of damaged Spanair yesterday in the Airport of Barajas (Madrid). In the fairground enclosure, where they find the mortal remains of 153 deceased in the plane crash for their identification, the monarches were got by the mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, and the president of Canaries, Paulino Rivero.

Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía went to the room where the relatives of the victims are to show their condolences, support, solidarity and fondness to all the affected ones.


The Dukes of Palma in the act of the Olympic Spanish Committee in the House of Spain in Pekin in memory of the victims of the accident of Barajas. The Olympic International Committee and the organization of the Olympic Games of Pekin have prohibited to the Spanish delegation symbols of mourning in the Olympic Villa or in the competitions.

lucien 08-21-2008 09:10 AM

courtesy Royalimages.

yamamah 08-21-2008 09:15 AM

What a shocking and terrible tragedy for all those involved and their families. I was reading about it in the newspaper and it is horrific. May God be with all those who have suffered. I do not envy Letizia and Felipe having to visit people after this event, what can one say to people after something like this?

However, I know they will be as tactful, discreet and empathetic as they were after the Atocha bombings.

Those poor people.

lula 08-21-2008 09:20 AM

The King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Sofia greet the members of the fire brigade that took part in the emergency works after the flight of the airlines Spanair heading to Canary Islands chashed and burst into flames after taking off from the terminal 4 of the Barajas international airport, killing 153 people and leaving 19 injured. The accident is the worst disaster in the last 25 years of the Spanish commercial aviation history.

carlota 08-21-2008 10:07 AM

the king, queen and princes of asturias will visit the families and victims in the hospitals in madrid, according to hola. it will happen some time today.

lucien 08-21-2008 10:11 AM

The Spanish Royal Family is exemplary,both in times of joy as well as deep grief,they know exactly what to do to either support and comfort.

A very special commodity,never to be taken for granted.

God Bless Them,and Spain.

Duke of Marmalade 08-21-2008 10:22 AM


Originally Posted by lucien (Post 814197)
The Spanish Royal Family is exemplary,both in times of joy as well as deep grief,they know exactly what to do to either support and comfort.

A very special commodity,never to be taken for granted.

I agree Lucien but especially this case is major. It's a national catastrophy. I am 100% sure that members of any other royal family would be out and about now if the same happened in their country. The RF who would not go out to comfort and share the grief with their people deserved to be made redundant on the spot.

Jackswife 08-21-2008 10:24 AM

I fully expected that all the Spanish royals would do just this. Their country is in a time of need and, as they showed with the Madrid train bombing and other events, that they stand for their nation in all circumstances. My sympathies to the people of Spain, the victims, and the survivors.

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lula 08-21-2008 10:58 AM

The Kings accompany the relatives of the victims in Ifema



Little_star 08-21-2008 11:09 AM

It#s wonderful to see the Spanish royals wth their people. Imo, this is one of their biggest strengths, their abilityto connect with their people during difficult times. I wish my own Royals were able to do the same thing

lula 08-21-2008 11:46 AM

Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin take part in a moment of silence, held for the victims of the Spanair MD-82 that crashed at Madrid's airport at the Casa España in Beijing

lula 08-21-2008 12:40 PM

The Princes visit the injured of the accident of Barajas

The Princes of Asturias have initiated this evening in the Hospital Infanta Sofía of San Sebastian de los Reyes their visit to nineteen injured people of the plane crash of Barajas who remain in the hospitals of Madrid.

The tour of the Princes of Asturias continues for the Ramon and Cajal, La Paz, La Princesa and Niño Jesús to end in 12 de Octubre.


Parrothead 08-21-2008 12:41 PM

I agree with you, Yamamah. It is nice to see them offering what comfort they can to everyone involved in the tragedy. I think shows how concerned they are for others and try to do what they can during this awful time.

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