King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has made a statement following the terrorist attack in Stockholm on Friday, 7 April 2017.

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf. Photo: Alexis Daflos/

A stolen truck ploughed into a crowd outside the Åhlens City department store in Drottninggatan (Queen Street) just before 3.00 pm local time. Four people were killed and at least 15 were injured.

It is with dismay the Royal Family and I have been informed of the attack in Stockholm this afternoon. The background and full extent of the incident is not yet known. We are closely following the developments but our thoughts are already now with the victims and their families.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have interrupted their official visit to Brazil and return to Sweden immediately. Crown Princess Victoria will continue to serve as Regent until her parents arrive back on Swedish soil.

Princess Madeleine posted a message on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said it was a terror attack.

As a result, Drottningholm Palace, the Riddarholmen Church and the Treasury at the Royal Palace were closed on Saturday, 8 April.

The Royal Apartments and the Tre Kronor Museum at the Royal Palace will be open, with entry only from the Western Vault at the Outer Courtyard. All other entrances will be closed.

Updated information will be published on the Royal Court’s website during the weekend.

Flags at Royal Palace, Drottningholm Palace and Haga Palace were flown at half-mast since the attack.


King Harald V of Norway has sent his condolences to Crown Princess Victoria.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia have passed on their condolences to King Carl XVI Gustaf after returning from their state visit to Japan, condemning the attacks and stand in solidarity with the Swedish people.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has also sent her condolences to King Carl XVI Gustaf on Sunday.

English Translation: Deeply concerned by the serious terrorist attacks that hit Stockholm yesterday, I am sending you and the Swedish people my thoughts and deepest condolences.

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