July 24

King addresses Norweigian people

King Harald of Norway has urged the nation to maintain its belief in its democratic society and stay united following the recent twin killings, reports Michael Sandelson and Alexandra Spinu in The Foreigner, an internet service providing Norwegian  news in English.


This is “a national tragedy we innermost hoped would never happen but nevertheless did,” The King said. “The acts committed in Oslo and on Utøya are an attack on the Norwegian society we cherish and on the core of our democracy.”

 “We will spend a long time digesting and adapting to impressions, grief, and feelings, both as individuals and as a nation. We need one another during this process.

…terrible losses …

The Royal Family met young people who had survived and the families of the deceased at Sundvolden, lighting candles in memory of those who died.

 People all over the country have lost someone they love. Many children and young people are frightened today. We must take special care of them,” s King Harald continued, saying many will find it important to be together, others will need time for quiet reflection.

 The King praised the police and emergency services, medical personnel, volunteers, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his government for their professionalism, as well as the nation, recalling its key qualities.



“The Norwegian peoples’ strength, bravery, and solidarity become apparent when our nation is put to the test. I hold fast in the belief that freedom is stronger than fear, in an open Norwegian democracy and society, and in our possibility to live free and securely in our own country,” the  King concluded.

…Queen Elizabeth saddened…

Queen Elizabeth II has written to King Harald to express her sadness over twin attacks that killed 91 people, describing them as an "atrocity", according to Agence France Presse 

"I am deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic loss of life of so many people on the island of Utoeya and in Oslo," The Queen said

"Prince Philip joins me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Your Majesty and the people of Norway. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the dreadful atrocity."  



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