Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden have paid their respects to those killed and injured in the attack in Stockholm on April 7th 2017. Four people died when a lorry crashed into a busy shopping area. Fifteen are injured. The royal couple walked to the site of the attack, hand in hand, to pay their tributes. And speaking afterwards, Crown Princess Victoria told reporters that she felt a 'huge sadness and emptiness' after the attack and added that Sweden would emerge from the grief 'together'.
Victoria and Daniel's visit took place on the morning of April 8th 2017, less than 24 hours after the attack. As you can see in the coverage from both AftonbladetTV and SVT, the heir to the throne of Sweden stood before the wreckage left by the attack before kneeling and leaving a bouquet of red roses. Victoria then stood and bowed her head. After several moments of reflection, the emotion became too much and she wiped away tears.
Uttalande av H.M. Konungen med anledning av dagens händelse i Stockholm. / Statement by H.M. The King regarding today's events in Stockholm. - Jag och hela Kungafamiljen har med bestörtning tagit del av informationen om eftermiddagens attentat i Stockholm. Bakgrunden till och omfattningen av det inträffade är ännu inte känd. Vi följer utvecklingen men redan nu går våra tankar till de drabbade och deras familjer. "It is with dismay the Royal Family and I have been informed of the attack in Stockholm this afternoon. The background and full extent of the incident is not yet known. We are closely following the developments but our thoughts are already now with the victims and their families."
The King of Sweden also immediately released a statement speaking of his dismay and saying that his thoughts are with the victims and all their families. Princess Madeleine posted a message on her Facebook page. The flags on the Royal Palace in Stockholm and at Drottningholm Palace and the Haga Palace are all at half mast. The royal palaces which are usually open to the public have also been closed on April 8th.
Hans Majestet Kongen har sendt følgende kondolansebudskap til Tillfällig Riksföreståndare, Hennes Kongelige Høyhet Kronprinsesse Victoria. Deres Kongelige Høyhet! Jeg har med stor sorg mottatt nyheten om det grufulle angrepet i Stockholm i ettermiddag, som resulterte i flere drepte og skadde. Nok en gang blir vi brutalt minnet om viktigheten av å verne om våre sentrale demokratiske verdier. På vegne av meg selv, Kongefamilien og det norske folk, sender jeg min dypeste kondolanse, og jeg ber Deres Kongelige Høyhet om å overbringe min medfølelse til de etterlatte og pårørende, og til hele det svenske folk. Harald R
As Victoria is representing the Royal Family right now, King Harald V of Norway addressed his condolences to her when he sent a heartfelt message in the hours after the attack. Harald wrote that he had received the news of the attack with sadness and went on ''on behalf of myself, the Royal Family and the people of Norway, I send my deepest condolences and I ask Your Royal Highness to convey my sympathy to the bereaved and relatives, and to all the Swedish people''.
Idag kl. 08.00 hissade högvaktssoldater ur livbataljonen flaggan på Kungliga slottet. Med anledning av gårdagens attentat halades flaggan direkt på halv stång. Även på Drottningholms och Haga slott vajar flaggorna på halv stång idag. Today at 8 o’clock soldiers from the Royal Life Guards raised the flag at the Royal Palace. Due to yesterday’s attack the flag was immediately lowered at half-mast. The flags at Drottningholm Palace and Haga Palace are also flying at half-mast today. Foto: kungahuset.se #kungahuset #kungligaslottet #stockholm
The attack took place on April 7th 2017, just before 3pm local time. A man has since been arrested - Swedish Police say he is believed to be the driver of the truck. Officers say the lorry had been hijacked before the attack took place. Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, described it as a terrorist attack and the man in detention is being held on suspicion of committing a terrorist crime.