The royal couple visited the U.S. Embassy in London to sign the book of condolence on Tuesday morning

By Simon Perry
Updated June 14, 2016 08:00 AM
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Prince William and Princess Kate paid their respects on Tuesday to the 49 victims of the Orlando shootings.

The royal couple made a surprise visit to the U.S. Embassy in London on Tuesday to show their solidarity with those who lost loved ones at the Pulse nightclub.

William and Kate signed the book of condolence that was been opened at the embassy in the wake of the attack.

They were greeted by U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun.

With Kate by his side, William paused for a moment to read the ambassador’s dedication in the book.

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William wrote “With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected” before signing his name. Then his wife followed, signing “Catherine.”

50 people dead after mass shooting in Orlando nightclub

After signing the book, they spoke to embassy staffers who have worked on LGBT issues.

William told a member of staff at the American Embassy that he will be appearing in the British gay monthly publication, Attitude.

Craig Petty, president of the LGBT association GLIFAA, told reporters that William said he will be appearing in the British gay monthly publication, Attitude.

“I told him what I do and he said he’s going to be in Attitude magazine,” Petty said.

“I was really nervous about meeting the royal couple, but they are both great at putting you at ease,” he added. “I think it’s great that they have come here today to show their support.”

Dozens of embassy workers, all wearing custom-made badges with a combination of the American, British and Pride flags, filled the lobby for the royal visit.

Later today, the couple will be in Northern Ireland, where they are set to attend a garden party at the city’s Hillsborough Castle. It is the first time they have visited the province since shortly before their wedding in 2011.

The city of Orlando is very much fresh in the minds of the royals. Prince Harry was welcomed there last month when he brought his Paralympic-style Invictus Games to the United States.