The Heads of various Royal and Imperial houses around the world have been sending messages of encouragement and support to the French people after the tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris.

HRH Prince Jean d’Orléans, Count of Paris

The Message of HRH The Count of Paris:

This afternoon, at 3:00pm, I will go to Notre-Dame de Paris. I will pray for our country, of which Our Lady, erected by the kings of France, is the spiritual and protective symbol. I call on all French people to live in the same way and to unite in Hope.

HIH Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon

The Message of HIH The Prince Napoléon:

Deeply saddened by the tragedy of Notre-Dame de Paris. I thank the firefighters for their courage, and my prayers are with the Catholics during this Holy Week. 

I believe in the strength and solidarity of the French people to revive together this extraordinary monument, symbol of our heritage and our History.

TRH The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

The Messages of TRH The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg:

Monsieur le Président de la République, 

The images of Notre Dame Cathedral on fire broke our hearts last night. Today we want to salute the movement of mobilization which is being born so that this high place of French civilization shines again in the whole world. Our bond with Our Lady is stronger than ever. 

Henri and Maria Teresa
Luxembourg, 16 April 2019

Monseigneur the Archbishop of Paris,
Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, Rector-Archpriest of Notre-Dame Cathedral, 

The images of the burning cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris have upset us because of this unique link that unites us to the symbol of Christian and eternal France. We did not expect to relive the time of the cathedral builders. We will be with you wholeheartedly in this work of reconstruction so that comfort gives way to our immense sorrow. 

Henri and Maria Teresa
Luxembourg, 16 April 2019

HIH Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

The Message of HIH The Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia:

The Head of the Imperial House of Russia, H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, and her son and heir, H.I.H. the Grand Duke George of Russia, were deeply saddened by the news of the destruction by fire of a significant part of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. This is a tragic event for the entire Christian world, a portentous sign, and an irreplaceable loss for the culture of all the world. Their Imperial Highnesses pray that the Lord will preserve the lives of all the firefighters and others who are offering aid during this dreadful catastrophe, and that He will save from destruction the many holy relics which are kept in the Cathedral. The Grand Duchess and Grand Duke send their deepest condolences to the people of France.

HM The King of Sweden

The Message of HM The King of Sweden:

His Excellency Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Her Majesty the Queen and I wish to express our sincere sympathy following the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris and convey our deep feelings of solidarity to the French people. 


Royal Palace, Stockholm
16 April 2019 

HM The Queen

The Message of HM The Queen of the United Kingdom:

Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral.

I extend my sincere admiration to the emergency services who have risked their lives to try to save this important national monument.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who worship at the Cathedral and all of France at this difficult time.

Elizabeth R.

HRH The Prince of Wales

The Message of HRH The Prince of Wales:

Cher Monsieur le Président, 

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 of times, and of the emergency services who are so bravely tackling the blaze.

I realize 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. 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.

Cher Monsieur le Président, 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 Castle twenty-seven years ago. We send you our most profound sympathy, however inadequate that may be.

Très cordialement à vous
The Prince of Wales

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