Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg have said they are remembering the “victims, survivors and families affected” by the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess shared a message of solidarity on social media this afternoon.
Their Royal Highnesses said: “September 11, 2001, a date that changed our world.
“Today, 20 years later, we remember the victims, survivors and families affected.
“Terror, violence and hate will never be the right answer. The values of freedom, tolerance and respect must always prevail.”
Grand Duke Henri’s uncle, Prince Charles, was married to American Joan Dillon until his death in 1977. Their first child, Princess Charlotte, was born in New York City in 1967.
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess have joined the British Royal Family in showing solidarity with the American people today. Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to US President Biden and the American people and authorised the American national anthem to be played today during Windsor Castle’s Changing of the Guard. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute on their social media accounts, saying, “We remember all those who lost their lives and pay tribute to the tireless work of the emergency services, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice to save others.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also paid tribute to the victims on their Archewell website. The Duchess was born and raised in California.
Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece also shared a message saying he remembered those who passed 20 years ago and that “united as one, we must continue to embrace our families, our friends, our neighbours and our world to work together for the better good of all. You are not forgotten.” He and his family reside in New York City.