Monday, 13 June 2016

Royal Response to Orlando (updated)

Queen Letizia of Spain during the speech in which she paid tribute to those who were killed in Orlando

The Queen of Spain has paid tribute to those who died and were injured in the shootings in Orlando at the weekend. During a speech in Salamanca, Queen Letizia condemned the killings and said that, along with King Felipe, she believed there was only one way to counter such attacks - by standing together. Her words came as royal houses around the continent sent their condolences to President Obama and the families of the victims of the fifty people who were killed.

Earlier in the day, King Felipe and Queen Letizia had sent a message of condolence to Barack Obama and the victims' families expressing their solidarity following an attack they described as brutal.
Prince Albert of Monaco sent a message to President Obama in which he said he bowed 'before the memory of the victims, the grief of their families, the sufferings of the wounded'. And he added that hate will be defeated.

King Harald of Norway sent a message of condolence in which he said he was shocked and saddened by the shootings and he asked President Obama to convey his condolences to the victims' families, the injured and to the people of the United States of America.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden sent a message of condolence on behalf of himself and his family. He said that they extended their 'sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies' to the relatives of those killed and to the American people.

The Queen also issued a statement following the attack. She said that she and Prince Philip had been shocked by the events and 'our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected'.
On Tuesday June 14th, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the US Embassy in London to pay their respects and to sign the book of condolence.

The previous evening, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam had been illuminated with the rainbow to show support for the LGBT community in the aftermath of the attacks on the gay club, Pulse.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark sent a message of condolence to President Obama, saying that she was shocked to hear of the killings in Orlando and that she sent her sympathies to him and the American people. Margrethe also said her thoughts were with the families of those affected.

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