On Saturday, Spanish royals King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited victims of Thursday’s horrible terror attack in Barcelona as news broke that the death toll had risen to 14. The 49-year-old monarch and his 44-year-old wife stopped by hospitals in an effort to comfort some of the 130 people who were injured. Felipe and Letizia were seen shaking the hands of doctors and spending time with patients both at Hospital del Mar and Saint Pau Hospital.
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King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited hospitals where victims from the Barcelona attacks were being treated Photo: Casa de S.M. el Rey
Prior to seeing the victims at Hospital del Mar, the King and Queen met with the Hospital del Mar management. Their goal was to find out what treatments and support they offered the wounded admitted to the medical center. Afterward, they spent time with victims who remain in both Hospital del Mar and Saint Pau. As previously stated, their intent was to personally express their “affection and best wishes for recovery.”
King Felipe and Queen Letizia met with hospital officials in Spain Photo: Casa de S.M. el Rey
During their time at the center, King Felipe gave some brief remarks to the media on the attack, saying: “This vile and cowardly attack, murder that has shocked us, cannot live with us or with our values or our democracy.” He also strongly urged: “We do not have, we will not have fear in the future.” The monarchs were on a private holiday with their daughters Princess Leonor and Sofia when they learned of the awful incident.
On Friday, King Felipe led a minute of silence in honor of the in Barcelona and Cambrils victims. Following the moment, the crowd began to cheer, chanting: “I am not afraid,” according to NBC News. After the attack on August 17, the his majesty sent a message via the Spanish Royal Court’s Twitter account that stated in Spanish: “They are murderers, just criminals who will not terrify us. All Spain is Barcelona. Las Ramblas will be back to everyone.”