His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf addressed the Swedish people yesterday afternoon after the terror attack in Stockholm on Friday. He and Queen Silvia had been in Brazil for official events but flew back after they were told about the attack. After arriving back in Sweden, he and the Queen met Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia at Stockholm Palace where they were briefed by the Chief of Police and head of the Security Service.
He began his speech saying, “Dear Swedes, all in Sweden.”
He expressed that the thoughts of the entire Swedish Royal Family were with those who had been impacted by the “heinous deed” and that they were all “deeply shaken by what happened.”
He closed with a powerful statement to his fellow Swedes and to the world, “Sweden is, has long been, and will continue to be a safe and peaceful country. ”
The speech in its entirety can be read below:
“Yesterday, when I was on location in Brazil, I was reached by the news of the terrible event in Stockholm; it was natural for me to immediately return home to Sweden.
“I have just finished meeting with the Chief of Police and the Chief of the Security Police. They have informed the Royal Family and me of the police work after yesterday’s attack.
“First and foremost, I want to express that my and the Royal Family’s thoughts go to the victims of this heinous deed – fellows who have been injured and have been killed.
“We also think of their families and friends. We are familiar with them in their grief and anxiety.
“We are all shaken by what happened. It is also hopeful to see the care that people show each other. It demonstrates the power of our society.
“All of us who want to help are many more than those who wish us harm. That knowledge gives me comfort and confidence.
“Police, medical and rescue services have done an amazing job of minimising the damage. Now, it is important for them to continue working in peace and quiet.
“We have experienced several violent incidents in the past. We have done it then, and we should do it now.
“Sweden is, has long been, and will continue to be a safe and peaceful country. “