Messages of condolences and support have been pouring in for all the victims and their families affected by the mass shooting that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. From around the globe, leaders and celebrities have raised their voices in solidarity for the American people.
Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge added their own message of support in a book of condolence when they visited the US Embassy in Central London. While there, they met with Matthew Barzun, the United States ambassador. Both dressed in black, the royal couple were solemn as they gazed upon the book and Ambassador Barzun’s dedication.
William wrote: “With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected.” The Duchess signed her name beside her husband’s. Formal and kind, the couple’s message still speaks of the shock this horrific attack that snuffed out the lives of 49 innocent people and injured dozens more is being felt across the world.
After signing the condolence book, William and Catherine met and spoke with embassy staff who have worked on LGBT issues. Showing their unity the staff filled the embassy lobby wearing custom-made badges containing the colours of the American, British and Pride flags.
The messages provided so far will be made into images and put in a condolence book that will be available online for everyone to see and contribute to.
On Monday, hundreds communed in the heart of London’s LGBT community to mourn and hold a vigil to those lost in the massacre. At 7 in the evening, a moment of silence was held on Old Compton Street in Soho and to show their respect, people left candles, flowers and flags at the churchyard of St. Anne’s.
Since the tragedy, security details have been stepped up all around the world for Pride Week. Events were still held despite the shooting. People have been coming together in love to support each other and share in their sorrow. This book of condolence is another generous way for the world to reach out to all those who are grieving.