On Monday, almost the entire Swedish Royal Family attended a memorial ceremony to honour the victims who were killed during last week’s terrorist attack on the famous shopping street “Drottninggaten” (English: The Queen Street) in the centre of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.
The ceremony took place at noon local time outside Stockholm City Hall. The ceremony began with a minute of silence, and this was marked all over Sweden and in Swedish society around the world. Several politicians held speeches, including the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven. “You are not lonely; we think of you,” the Prime Minister said in his speech.
When the ceremony had concluded, His Majesty the King, Crown Princess Victoria and several other members of the royal family took the opportunity to personally thank the police officers, firefighters and ambulance workers who were first on site after the attack.
Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine is located in London, and today, she honoured the victims, although she was not present in Stockholm. The Princess posted a message on her Facebook page saying, “In the honour of the victims, I will be respecting a minute of silence today. We can all be there in our thoughts and prayers.”
Crown Princess Victoria was regent in Sweden during the attack. The following day, a tearful Crown Princess, accompanied by her husband Prince Daniel, visited the site of the terror attack in Stockholm. “How do we move on?” a reporter asked Crown Princess Victoria. She replied with one word, “Together.”
His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf addressed the Swedish people in the afternoon the day after the attack. He and Queen Silvia had been in Brazil for official events but flew back after they were told about the attack. He closed the speech 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. ”