A ‘shocked’ Royal Family offer their condolences following ‘senseless’ Sydney stabbing attack

Apr 15, 2024
In the aftermath of the tragedy, King Charles, Prince William and Princess Catherine extended heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives. Source: AP PHOTO.

King Charles has expressed profound shock and dismay at the “senseless attack” that occurred at Bondi Junction shopping centre on Saturday, April 13, stating that he and Queen Camilla were deeply troubled by the tragic events.

Joel Cauchi, a 40-year-old Queenslander, carried out the stabbing attack at Westfield Bondi Junction, leaving six people dead and 12 others wounded. Inspector Amy Scott fatally shot Cauchi, with NSW Police subsequently confirming that there was no discernible motive or ideology behind his actions.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, King Charles extended heartfelt sympathy to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in such a horrific manner.

“My wife and I were utterly shocked and horrified to hear of the tragic stabbing incident in Bondi,” he said.

“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have been so brutally killed during such a senseless attack.

“While details of these shocking circumstances are still emerging, our thoughts are also with those who were involved in the response, and we give thanks for the bravery of the first responders and emergency services.”

Prince William and Princess Catherine likewise expressed their condolences for the “terrible events”, sharing a message on social media to convey their heartfelt sympathies.

“We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events in Sydney earlier today,” the couple said.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the loved ones of those lost and the heroic emergency responders who risked their own lives to save others.”

The Royal Family maintains a longstanding connection with Australia, having fostered deep ties with its people and institutions through numerous visits to the country.

Alongside members of the Royal Family, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also addressed the incident, describing it as beyond comprehension.

“The devastating scenes at Bondi Junction are beyond words or understanding,” Albanese began.

“Australians will be shocked this evening. This was a horrific act of violence, indiscriminately targeted at innocent people going about an ordinary Saturday, doing their shopping.

“Tonight, the first thoughts of all Australians are with the victims of these terrible acts and their loved ones. Our nation offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to all those who are grieving for someone they have lost. ”

As the nation grapples with the aftermath of this tragic event, the condolences and support from both the Royal Family and political leaders stand as a testament to the solidarity and resilience of the Australian people during such challenging times.

If you or anyone you know needs help: Lifeline — 13 11 14; MensLine Australia — 1300 789 978; BeyondBlue — 1300 224 636; Suicide Call Back Service — 1300 659 467; Headspace — 1800 650 890; Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800.

-with PA.

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