Click the button for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic and how it is impacting the royals

British RoyalsEuropean RoyalsInternational royals

Royal reactions and condolences for Barcelona stream in

After yet another deadly terror attack, this one in Barcelona, Spain, royals have reacted on social media and sent their condolences.

At least 13 have been killed and over 100 injured after a terrorist ran over pedestrians with a van in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona.

Later, five terrorists were shot dead, and one was wounded by Spanish police in the nearby tourist town of Cambrils. Police have stated that they were attempting to perpetrate a second attack in the popular tourist destination. Seven civilians were injured.

ISIS has claimed responsibility, and two people have been arrested. However, the driver of the van has not yet been captured.

Spain’s King Felipe will be in Barcelona to show solidarity with the victims today for a moment of silence. After the attack yesterday, the Spanish monarchy said on Twitter, “They’re murderers, just criminals who aren’t going to terrorise us. All Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will be for all.”

One of the first to respond was King Abdullah of Jordan with the Royal Hashemite Court saying on Twitter, “His Majesty King Abdullah II condemns the deadly attack in #Barcelona.”

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima reacted on the official Facebook page of the Dutch monarchy saying, “We sympathise with all those who were affected by the attack in Barcelona and we feel connected with all those in and out of Spain who turn against terror to promote a society without fear.”

The Belgian Royal Palace sent out two tweets that said, “Our thoughts are with the victims of #Barcelona & their families. We wish them and the Spanish authorities strength & resilience!

“We extend our deepest sympathy to H.M. King Felipe @CasaReal and the people of Spain following the cruel and barbaric attack in #Barcelona.”

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg sent King Felipe a telegram showing support for Spain, “It was with astonishment that the Grand Duchess and I learned the news of the various murderous attacks in Spain yesterday, notably on the Boulevard des Ramblas in Barcelona.

“We are committed to expressing our deepest compassion and solidarity on behalf of all our compatriots and on our behalf. In this time of mourning, I ask you to interpret our deep emotion with the victims, their families and the entire Spanish people.
Rest assured of our unconditional solidarity in defending our common values in the face of indiscriminate violence.”

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to the King of Spain stating, “Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to Your Majesty, and the people of Spain, following the terrible terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils which killed and seriously injured many. It is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the people who are recovering in hospital. Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents.”

The Crown Prince of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, shared his sympathy with the Spanish people on his official Twitter account. “My deep sympathy is with the Spanish people and those affected by the terrible attack in #Barcelona. I strongly condemn this barbaric act,” the Crown Prince said.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden said, “The Queen and I wish to convey our sincere condolences on the tragic loss of life following the terrible terrorist attack in Barcelona yesterday. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of the Kingdom of Spain.”

King Harald of Norway also sent a message of condolence to the King of Spain saying, “I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, resulting in the loss of so many lives and inflicting such dreadful injuries.

“I express my condolences and ask you to convey the greatest sympathy of the Norwegian people to the affected families and to those who are injured.”

Queen Margrethe of Denmark said, “It was with profound sadness that I received the news of the horrific attacks yesterday.

“On behalf of my family and the Danish people, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you and with the Spanish people. My deepest sympathy goes to the victims and their families.”

Prince Albert of Monaco told King Felipe, “I heard with fright and repulsion about the terrorist attacks of Barcelona and Cambrils.

“The Monegasque people, my Family and I offer to the family and closest ones of the victims our deepest and most sincere condolences as well as our solidarity with the many people who were injured.

“I assure you, and the Spanish people, of our support and our compassion in this cruel ordeal.”

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece said on Instagram, “Barcelona, friends for always.” His sister, Princess Theodora also tweeted, “My [heart] breaks for the people of Barcelona one of my favourite cities in the world #barcelona #staystrong #stopthehate.”

Additionally, the King of Saudi Arabia has also condemned the attack, as has King Mohammed of Morocco who also expressed condolences to the victims.

Please keep checking back as other reactions and condolences will be added as they are released.

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. Her love of royals began in middle school, and 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.