Elizabeth II, Margrethe II, King Willem-Alexander and King Carl XVI Gustaf are among the many monarchs and heads of state who sent their condolences following the terrorist attack in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019.
So far 49 people were killed and at least 20 injured when Australian Brenton Tarrant live-streamed the terror attack at two mosques, after posting anti-immigrant sentiments on social media.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove
On behalf of all Australians, Lynne and I express our sympathy and sadness to all those affected by the incident in Christchurch.
Governor of New South Wales David Hurley
Linda and I convey our deepest sympathy to the people of New Zealand on the tragic events that have unfolded in Christchurch. This unprecedented act of violence, in a place of peace, freedom and faith, has shocked us all.
At a time of great sorrow and heartbreak, we come together as a community to stand with you, our New Zealand friends and neighbours now, and in future days, as we have stood alongside you in the past.
On behalf of the people of New South Wales, I extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims, the survivors and the people of New Zealand.
Deeply shocked to learn about the tragic and terrible events in Christchurch today, I wish to express my most sincere condolences and sympathy to you and the people of New Zealand.
My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.
I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.
At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.
Prince Charles’ message was posted on the Prince of Wales’ Official Website and Twitter.
Both my wife and I were utterly horrified to hear of the most barbaric attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, which resulted in the cruel and tragic loss of so many people’s lives. It is beyond all belief that so many should have been killed and injured at their place of worship and our most special and heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.
This appalling atrocity is an assault on all of us who cherish religious freedom, tolerance, compassion and community. I know that the people of New Zealand will never allow hate and division to triumph over these things they hold dear.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, the first responders, the people of Christchurch and all New Zealanders at this most heartbreaking of times.
HRH The Prince of Wales
Kensington Palace issued a joint statement on Twitter from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today. Kia Kaha.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today. Kia Kaha.” — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. https://t.co/WQ5talX3dr
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 15, 2019
“We were shocked to learn of the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch which killed dozens of people and left many others wounded. Hate and intolerance have taken a dreadful toll. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this senseless violence.”
King Abdullah’s condolences were posted on social media.
The heinous massacre against Muslims praying in peace in New Zealand is an appalling terrorist crime. It unites us against extremism, hatred and terrorism, which knows no religion. May the victims’ souls rest in peace. Our condolences to the families and our Islamic Ummah
— عبدالله بن الحسين (@KingAbdullahII) March 15, 2019
King Felipe VI also issued a message regarding the attack.
En cualquier lugar del mundo los terroristas sólo dejan desolación, dolor y tragedia en familias y sociedades. Nuestro apoyo al pueblo de Nueva Zelanda y sus autoridades en estas horas de consternación tras la matanza en las mezquitas de Christchurch.
— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) 15 March 2019
Anywhere in the world terrorists leave only desolation, pain and tragedy in families and societies. Our support for the people of New Zealand and their authorities in these hours of consternation after the massacre in the mosques of Christchurch.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has sent the following condolences to Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy regarding the terrorist attack in Christchurch.
Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy
Governor-General of New Zealand
The Queen and I have, with profound sadness, followed the news of the brutal terrorist attack in Christchurch yesterday.
We extend our sincere condolences and our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of New Zealand.
CARL GUSTAF R
Royal Palace, Stockholm
Link – https://www.kungahuset.se/press/pressmeddelanden/2019pressmeddelanden/kondoleansertillgeneralguvernorpatsyreddy.5.44e5851c167c5d1caad28d51.html?fbclid=IwAR2qicn0n7-vG1DFrlaiyJrxV-azpFOxhVyPkeQC2P1drh45QMS56XOGj9o