Prince Charles Asks for a Moment of Silence During Birthday Celebrations as Royals Around World Call for 'Unity' Amid Paris Horror
Royal families from around the world added their voices to the clamor to stand in solidarity with the people of France.
Then, as the world reacted to the horror, on the other side of the world, Prince Charles said that he was sending a message of “profound sympathy and solidarity” and his office at Clarence House released a tweet with his sentiments.
“From Australia, The Prince of Wales is sending President Hollande a message of profound sympathy and solidarity with the people of Paris.”
Charles, who turned 67 on Saturday, has spent much of his public life increasing links between religions and communities in the UK. He also called for a minute of silence at his birthday celebrations in Australia on Saturday.
“Our hearts go out as I am sure you will agree to all those who have been affected in the most dreadful way by these bestial attacks.
So perhaps in view of this I could ask all of you just to observe one minute’s silence in memory of all those who have been affected and lost their lives,” he said.
“We send our most sincere condolences to you, the families of those who have died and the French people.”
From France’s neighbor Monaco, Prince Albert wrote to President Francois Hollande of France, that the attacks had shocked those in his country. “My country shares the grief and terror of our friend France friend, murdered by these terrorist crimes,” he wrote.
“With respect and immense emotion, we bow our heads to the memory of so many victims and their families suffering untold grief. Our thoughts also go to all those people wounded in these savage acts.
“In my name and in that of my family and the people of Monaco, I want to assure you of our deep and real solidarity, in union with all those who are mobilized against the terrorist scourge.”
Muslim Queen Rania of Jordan called for nations to unite amid the tragedy.
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“From Beirut to Paris, terrorism knows no borders & no religion.Humanity must unite against enemies of humanity #ParisAttacks #ThisIsNotIslam,” she tweeted. Earlier in the week, suicide bombers killed around 40 people in Beirut, Lebanon.
Rania, 45, whose husband King Abdullah II “strongly condemns the cowardly attacks”, has spoken out against Islamic terrorists saying, “They want to put the west against Islam, Islam against the rest of the world.”
According to The New York Times, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement on Saturday.