Saturday, 16 July 2016

Royal Response to Nice

The flag at the Prince's Palace in Monaco flies at half mast following the attack in Nice

Royal families across Europe have sent their condolences to the President and people of France following the attacks in Nice on Bastille Day which left at least 84 people dead.

Prince Albert II of Monaco sent a message to Francois Hollande, addressing him as 'Monsieur President, cher ami'. He told him that along with his family and the people of Monaco sent condolences to all affected. He said that Monaco offered its solidarity to its neighbouring region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and ended by calling President Hollande his friend once more as he expressed his sympathy and deep sadness.  The flag at the Prince's Palace in Monaco also flew at half mast.

The Queen sent a message to Francois Hollande following the attacks, saying she was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the terrible loss of life in Nice. Elizabeth II said she and Prince Philip sent their most sincere condolences to him, the families of those who have died and the French people.

King Harald of Norway sent his condolences to Francois Hollande, telling him that he along with his family and the Norwegian people sent their deepest condolences and asked that they be passed on to the families left mourning and to all in France. He spoke of his sadness at hearing of the attacks and said that he was reminded of the importance of protecting core democratic values, values which were remembered on July 14th in France. 

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians sent a message posted on Twitter which expressed deep shock at the attacks and said that Belgium stood with France. They also said their thoughts were with the victims and their families.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said his heart went out to the victims of the attack in Nice and expressed solidarity with those left mourning.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik sent a message to Francois Hollande in both French and Danish. They told the French President that they were profoundly saddened by the attacks on crowds celebrating their national holiday and the ideas that it represents. And they offered their deepest condolences to all affected and to the people of France.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia also sent their condolences, saying that they had recently returned from the south of France and they felt deep despair at the atrocity in Nice. They said their thoughts were with those affected and their families.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the French embassy in Madrid to sign a book of condolence and to talk to the ambassador. They also sent a message of sympathy to President Hollande, offering their condolences to him and to those affected. King Felipe also said they offered their support and solidarity to the families of the victims.

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