Prince William, in New Zealand on official royal duties, will devote part of his Saturday to add his name to a book of condolence for those who lost their lives in Thursday’s bomb explosions in London.
A series of subway and bus blasts killed at least 50 people and injured about 700 commuters during morning rush hour. As investigators search for the perpetrators of the attack, Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed terrorists for the blasts that coincided with the start of the G-8 economic summit in Scotland.
In a statement, William, 23, who’s on tour Down Under in support of the British Lions rugby team, offered his “heartfelt sympathies.” On Saturday he will stand in silence for a minute at a match against the New Zealand All Blacks.
In London, William’s father, Prince Charles, and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, have been visiting victims in hospitals as well as those assisting in emergency efforts.
Elsewhere in the British capital, cinema showings, concerts and theater productions were canceled Thursday night as public transportation had come to a standstill. (It is now up and running, a tribute to legendary British resolve.)
David Schwimmer, Val Kilmer, Brian Dennehy and Jane Krakowski – American actors appearing in West End productions – as well as Scotsman Ewan McGregor (starring in a revival of Broadway’s Guys and Dolls) saw their shows go dark Thursday but expect them all to be running Friday.
“I’m impressed by the Brits,” Dennehy, headlining a London revival of Death of a Salesman, tells the New York Post. “They are dealing with this with quiet determination. There is a gritty, blitz atmosphere here.”
Meanwhile, REM and Queen have postponed weekend concerts in London’s Hyde Park because of the events of the week, while Thursday’s canceled shows included those by the pop group Blue at Wembley Pavilion, rock band Sum 41 at The Astoria and The Prodigy at the Brixton Academy, reports the BBC.
Said Queen guitarist Brian May: “We’re all devastated to wake up and see the appalling bombing in London. Our hearts go out to all those innocents so cruelly attacked.”