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King of Morocco to contribute to reconstruction of Notre Dame

The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI is contributing to the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Morocco’s monarch informed the Archbishop of Paris, via the Moroccan Ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, last week of his country’s contribution to the famed cathedral’s reconstruction.

Since the devastating fire that started on the late afternoon of 15 April 2019, around 1 billion USD has been donated to rebuild the building.

The amount of the contribution has not been revealed.

King Mohammed also sent a message to French President Emmanuel Macron last week, and the Ambassador reiterated the King’s “expression of support, compassion and solidarity” with the French people during this difficult time.

The King regularly travels to Paris and stays in France often in the home he inherited from his father, the late King Hassan.

Once the news spread of Notre Dame de Paris up in flames, royals around the globe released statements of support to the French people.

Queen Elizabeth II said, in part, “Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral…My thoughts and prayers are with those who worship at the Cathedral and all of France at this difficult time.”

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall revealed they were heartbroken by the fire, while the Spanish Royal Family said on Twitter “The French people will rebuild it [Notre Dame], they will raise it up again without a doubt. And we will be there, the whole world is and will be with France. The Cathedral of Notre Dame will rise from its ashes.”

Prince Albert of Monaco expressed solidarity and said he was “deeply upset and sad.”

Moreover, the King of Sweden sent a message to the President of France saying, “Her Majesty the Queen and I wish to express our sincere sympathy following the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris and convey our deep feelings of solidarity to the French people.”

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.