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A message from The Queen following the recent attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils

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.


We stand with those affected by the attack in Barcelona and feel connected with all in Spain and beyond who are facing terror and committed themselves to a society without fear - WA and Máxima

His Majesty The King of Spain
Palacio de la Zarzuela

I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of the terror attack in Barcelona, resulting in the loss of so many lives and inflicting such dreadful injuries.

I extend my condolences and ask you to convey the deepest sympathy of the Norwegian people to the bereaved families and to those who are injured.

Harald R

Your Majesty,

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.

Margrethe R.

Our hearts go out to the victims’ families in Barcelona. We stand with Spain and our allies in the fight against this terrorist evil - King Abdullah II and Queen Rania

We extended our deepest sympathy to H.M. King Felipe of Spain following the cruel and barbaric attack in Barcelona. Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families. We wish them and the Spanish authorities strength and resilience! - King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

Your Majesty,

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 Las 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 transmit 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.

Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Your Majesty,

I learned with dismay and repulsion about the murderous terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

The Monegasque people, my family and I present to the families and relatives of the victims, our deepest and most sincere condolences as well as our solidarity with the many wounded.

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

Albert, Prince of Monaco


Day Twenty-Nine: Favorite wedding of all time

There is no one that I love absolutely above the rest.  I watch the videos of these weddings frequently, sorry anything before HD really drives me nutters


The current reigning royal couples of Europe and their signatures.

  • King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
  • King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
  • Albert II and Charlene, Prince and Princess of Monaco
  • Hans-Adam II and Marie, Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein
  • Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of the United Kingdoms
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of The Netherlands
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Several royals in attendance for the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians
  • Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco

Source: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images South America


Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Princess Anne, King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5th, 2016.


Willem threw a party to celebrate his promotion (he became leader of his party). He invited a few good friends. What he did not knew was that Lucia invited Albert too. She had a few chances to talk with that man and she really liked him, he looked like a nice guy. That’s why she wanted her dad to bury the hatchet with him. This party was good occasion to do so.

- Hi, Lucia, I’m here. I hope you realise that it was bad idea to come here…


In honor of Vanity Fair’s 20th anniversary issue in September 2003, various European royals posed for the magazine’s spread “To Be Young & Royal”. Well known celebrity and royal photographer, Mario Testino, photographed the royals for the occasion.

Royals from Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Greece all participated in the spread including future monarchs; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Charles of Wales, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.


Royals at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony


The Monarchs of Europe

(minus the Pope and the Princes of Andorra)

Various messages of solidarity with Brussels and Belgium regarding the recent terrorist attacks today.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

  • “It is with dismay that I and my family have taken note of the terrible events of Brussels. At this difficult time we all stand united against these merciless acts of terrorism and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

  • “With dismay and horror, my family and I received the news of the terrible events in Brussels. In this difficult moment, we are all united against this ruthless terrorism. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families.”

King Harald V of Norway

  • “I have received with great sadness the news of the atrocious attacks today in Brussels, which resulted in so many deaths and injuries. This tragedy in the heart of Europe reminds us once again of the importance of safeguarding our fundamental democratic values. On my, and the Norwegian people’s behalf, I send Their Majesties my deepest condolences, and I ask you to share my condolences and deep sympathy to the survivors and the Belgian people.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco

  • “I just learned of the horrible attacks which have been perpetrated at the airport and in the Brussels metro. With my family and the people of the Principality, I bow to the victims of these heinous acts of terrorism and to the grief of their families. Our thoughts also join the injured and all those affected by this tragedy in any capacity whatsoever. I want to assure you, Sir, and the Belgian people, of my sentiments of deep sympathy and profound solidarity in this cruel ordeal.”

King Felipe VI of Spain

  • Shocked by the attacks in the capital of Europe #Brussels. Our solidarity and support with Belgium, its institutions and the Belgian people. (Twitter)

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

  • “Deeply shocked by this tragedy in your country, the Grand Duchess and I express to you compassion on behalf of our people of Luxembourg. In these very dark times, we think with reverence of the victims of the attacks in Brussels and their families. Be assured of our unconditional solidarity in defending our common values.”

King Mohammed VI of Morocco

  • King Mohammed VI had a phone conversation with King Philippe of Belgium over terror attacks in Brussels
  • During the phone conversation, HM the King extended to King Philippe and the bereaved families of victims, who fell during these heinous terror acts, his heartfelt condolences and compassion, the statement added. The Sovereign also expressed Morocco’s strong condemnation of these despicable terrorist acts and the kingdom’s solidarity with the Belgian people, the statement said.

King Abdullah II of Jordan

  • His Majesty King Abdullah II called King Philippe of Belgium to express his condolences and deep sympathies for the victims of the terrorist bombings, that occurred at several sites in Brussels and killed or injured many innocent people.
  • During the telephone call, King Abdullah expressed his strong condemnation of these cowardly and criminal acts, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
  • King Abdullah earlier sent a cable of condolence to the Belgian monarch, government and people and the families of the victims, in which he expressed his strong indignation and condemnation of these terrorist attacks. His Majesty expressed Jordan’s solidarity with Belgium in these difficult circumstances, and in confronting the danger of terrorism.

Pope Francis

  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent the pope’s condolences March 22 to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels. 
  • “The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering, and he implores from God the gift of peace,” the message said.
  • The pope “entrusts to God’s mercy those who died and, in prayer, he shares the pain of their loved ones,” the message said. “He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, as well as for all those providing assistance, "asking the Lord to give them comfort and consolation amid this ordeal.”

Graphic by Geesubay