Prince Charles and Camilla have shared in the heartbreak of losing one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Notre Dame Cathedral, reaching out to support the people of France following the devastating fire.
The historical structure in the country’s capital of Paris was severely damaged on Monday afternoon when a blaze broke out. As shocked Parisians watched on, flames engulfed the medieval cathedral, bringing down the spire and the roof , ABC reports.
Expressing their sadness in the situation the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall sent a message of condolence to French President Emmanuel Macron as he makes plans to rebuild the structure.
The letter, shared on social media, read: “My wife and I were utterly heartbroken to learn of the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral this evening and wanted to let you know immediately how much we are thinking of yourself and the French people at this most agonizing [sic] of times, and of the emergency services who are so bravely tackling the blaze.
“I realize [sic] only too well what a truly special significance the cathedral holds at the heart of your nation; but also for us all outside France it represents one of the greatest architectural achievements of Western Civilization [sic].
“It is a treasure for all mankind and, as such, to witness its destruction in this most dreadful conflagration is a shattering tragedy, the unbearable pain of which we all share.”
In signing off it continued: “Cher Monsieur le President, our hearts go out to you and the people of France more than you can ever know, especially in view of our experience with the devastating fire at Windsor Caster twenty seven years ago. We send you our most profound sympathy, however inadequate that may be.”
The heartfelt message follows claims from Macron himself that they will work to rebuild Notre Dame to a state “even more beautiful” than before.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday the president published a series of messages to the country’s people, ensuring them it is not the end of the beloved structure.
“In our history, we have built cities, harbours, churches. Many have burned or been destroyed, by wars, revolutions, men’s faults. Every time we rebuilt them,” he wrote.
Nous sommes ce peuple de bâtisseurs. Nous avons tant à reconstruire. Alors oui, nous rebâtirons la cathédrale Notre-Dame, plus belle encore, et je souhaite que cela soit achevé d’ici 5 années, nous le pouvons. Et là aussi nous mobiliserons.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 16, 2019
“The fire of Notre-Dame reminds us that our history never stops, never, and that we will always have trials to overcome.
“We are this people of builders. We have so much to rebuild. So yes, we will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, even more beautiful, and I hope that it will be completed within 5 years, we can. And here too we will mobilise.”