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Royals unite in grief over devastating earthquakes

Royals across the globe have united in grief after the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on 6 February.

From Europe to the Middle East, monarchs, consorts and heirs to the throne have shared their condolences and support for those impacted by the deadly earthquakes.

King Charles released his condolences on social media:

Queen Rania of Jordan wrote on Twitter: “Today, our world is united in its grief. Our hearts and prayers are with all the victims, the injured, and those who lost their homes or loved ones in today’s devastating earthquakes.”

King Abdullah of Jordan sent cables of condolence to Turkey’s President Erdogan and Syria’s President Assad and has directed aid to be sent to both countries to help with relief efforts.

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan said on Instagram: “We stand in full solidarity with the people of Syria and Turkey at this difficult time … deepest condolences to the bereaved families.”

King Mohammed of Morocco sent his condolences to Turkey’s President and expressed his and the Moroccan people’s support and prayers for all those injured and killed.

The Dutch King and Queen, who are on a tour of the Caribbean with Princess Amalia, shared their condolences, stating: “Turkey and Syria have been hit hard by extreme natural violence. We sympathize intensely with all those affected. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, as are the first responders doing their utmost to bring people to safety. They deserve all the support.”

King Harald of Norway said to Erdogan: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the earthquake that caused such widespread destruction and claimed so many lives.

“On behalf of myself and the people of Norway, I send you my deepfelt condolences and ask you to convey my condolences and my sympathy to those bereaved, to those otherwise afflicted by this terrible natural disaster, and to the people of the Republic of Türkiye.”

Saudi Arabian monarch, King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed said to Erdogan: “We send to you, the families of the victims, and the Turkish people our sincere condolences and sympathy.

Sweden‘s King Carl XVI Gustaf also released a public statement to the Turkish leader: “The Queen and I wish to express our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of lives following the devastating earthquake in southeastern Turkey. We reiterate our stand with you in this painful event.”

“We wish to offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of Turkey. Our thoughts are also with the injured and all those affected by the immense destruction caused by the earthquake.”

Denmark‘s Queen Margrethe II released a statement on Instagram.

A major 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, killing at least 3,700 people, with an unknown number still missing. Of the confirmed fatalities, over 2,300 are in Turkey alone. Freezing winter weather is now hampering rescue efforts as first responders look for survivors.

A second earthquake struck later in the afternoon.

Buildings have been toppled, and a historic Roman and Byzantine Empire Castle was destroyed.

Around 13,000 people have been injured in Turkey and 3,500 wounded in Syria.

This is Turkey’s deadliest earthquake since the 1999 quake that killed 17,000 people.

About author

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.