Royalty from around Europe has sent condolences to Sweden following the attack in Stockholm on Friday, April 7th, in which four people were killed. Fifteen others were injured when a lorry drove into pedestrians in Drottninggaten in the city centre. Earlier today, Sweden's royals joined many around their country in observing a national minute's silence for those affected by the attack.
King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia bowed their heads at noon on April 10th - the moment chosen for this national act of remembrance. The Royal Family were at Stockholm City Hall where a ceremony then took place.
Kungafamiljen närvarade idag vid Stockholms stad minnesceremoni i Stadshusparken. Kl. 12:00 hölls en nationell tyst minut. The Royal Family today attended the City of Stockholm's memorial ceremony in City Hall Park. At noon a national minute of silence was observed. #kungahuset #kungafamiljen #stockholm Foto: Kungahuset.se
With flags at half mast, Sweden's Prime Minister spoke at the service, when he told the families of victims that they were not alone. There was also an address from the Mayor of Stockholm, Karin Wanngard.
As they arrived at the ceremony, the royals took the chance to thank some of the rescue workers who had helped following the attack.
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
Condolences have been sent from many of Europe's courts following the attack. King Harald V of Norway was among the first, addressing his message to Crown Princess Victoria as she was representing the Royal Family at the time as her parents were making their way back from Brazil where they had been on an official visit. Harald said that he sent 'deepest condolences' and asked Victoria to pass his sympathies on to the bereaved, their relatives and all Swedish people.
The Queen of Denmark, first cousin to King Carl XVI Gustaf, sent her condolences soon afterwards. Margrethe II said that she was 'deeply concerned' to hear of the attack and passed on her deepest condolences to the king and the people of Sweden.
De regreso de Japón los Reyes trasladan al Rey de Suecia su firme condena al atentado en Estocolmo y solidaridad con el pueblo sueco— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) April 7, 2017
The Royal Household of Spain tweeted its condolences with hours of the attack in a message which said King Felipe and Queen Letizia had sent a message to the King of Sweden offering sympathy.
Exprimé par téléphone à SM le Roi Carl Gustav nos condoléances. Nos pensées sont avec les victimes et les blessés de #StockholmAttack— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) April 9, 2017
The Belgian Royal Household also made a statement via Twitter in which it confirmed that King Philippe had spoken to King Carl XVI Gustaf by telephone to express his condolences and said that the Belgian royals were thinking of the victims and their families.
Photo credit: StockholmStad Twitter
Photo credit: StockholmStad Twitter