King Felipe and Queen Letizia comforted the victims of the recent terrorist attack during their visit to two hospitals in Barcelona on Saturday, 19 August.
They met with some of the hardworking doctors and nurses who were treating the victims at the Hospital del Mar and the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.
At least 14 people were killed and over 130, including children, were injured after cars crashed into pedestrians on the Las Ramblas Boulevard on Thursday, 17 August.
Afterwards, King Felipe and Queen Letizia signed the Book of Condolences in Barcelona.
King Felipe made a statement.
Son unos asesinos, simplemente unos criminales que no nos van a aterrorizar. Toda España es Barcelona. Las Ramblas volverán a ser de todos.
— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) August 17, 2017
Translation: “They are murderers, just criminals who will not terrify us. All Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will be everyone’s.”
King Felipe and Queen Letizia and the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy led a minute’s silence in the Placa Catalunya, which was close to the scene of the attack on Friday, 18 August.
Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for both attacks in Barcelona and in Cambrils, where one person died and at least seven were injured, after five men wearing fake suicide belts drove and Audi A3 into crowds on the seafront.
The government of Catalonia declared three days of mourning following the attacks.
Condolences For Spain
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— Belgian Royal Palace (@MonarchieBe) August 17, 2017
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Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain
King Abdullah II of Jordan
King Abdullah II expressed his condemnation during a phone call with King Felipe VI of Spain.