In a touching tribute to MH17 crash victim Liam Sweeney, The Prince of Wales has written a very personal letter to the loved ones of the 28 year old Newcastle United fan.
The letter was addressed to Liam’s father, Barry Sweeney who has said that he was ‘very grateful’ to receive the correspondence from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles offers his condolences in the letter and goes on to say, “Although I’m afraid this is rather belated, my wife and I just wanted you to know how very much our hearts go out to you following the truly unimaginable tragedy of the loss of your son, Liam, on board flight MH17.”
The letter arrived at the family home ahead of Liam Sweeney’s funeral which will take place on Thursday 21st August at St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle. Barry Sweeney said of the letter that it was such a nice touch adding, “We are making a memory box for Liam and the letter will be put in there. We’re going to celebrate his life, not his death.”
The letter goes on to say, “I fear that under such appalling and shocking circumstances mere words are hopelessly and utterly inadequate. So although we realise only too well that it will be of no comfort whatsoever, all we can do is to hold you in our most special thoughts and prayers at such an agonising time.”
The Malaysia Airlines flight came down in Ukraine on 17th July and all 298 people on board died. Representatives from the airline are expected to be among the mourners at Liam’s funeral as is Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. On Sunday 17th August at Newcastle United’s first game of the Premier League season, a minute’s silence was observed for Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who was also travelling to watch Newcastle United on a pre season tour.
Prince Charles’ letter finished with these words, “You can have no idea how deeply we feel for you and your family over the unbearable anguish you are having to endure.”
It does appear that the letter from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall was a comfort for the Sweeney family and an honour that a member of the Royal Family has remembered your personal tragedy. It goes without saying that the letter will not stop the heartache that the Sweeney family are feeling at this time, however it is another way to remember Liam’s life and his father just sums this up perfectly, “Liam and John Alder have become legends.”
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