In a tragic crowd surge in Itaewon, South Korea, more than 150 people were killed Saturday evening. Condolences have begun to pour in from world leaders, including Britain's King Charles.
"I wanted you to know how deeply shocked and saddened both my wife and I are to hear of the many people who have lost their loved ones as a consequence of the recent, tragic incident in Itaewon, Seoul," the King wrote in a letter to South Korea's president Yoon Suk-yeol.
He continued, "However inadequate this may be under such heartbreaking circumstances, we extend our deepest possible sympathy to all the bereaved families. We also offer our special thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who suffered injury." Yesterday, President Yoon visited the scene of the tragedy, and declared a national mourning period through Saturday, November 5. He also declared the locale a special disaster zone.
Charles then wrote of President Yoon's visit to London for the funeral of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, stating, "Recalling our meeting during your own gracious visit to London to attend the funeral of Her late Majesty The Queen, please be assured that the United Kingdom stands in solidarity with the people of the Republic of Korea at such a time of national mourning."
King Charles's message was also posted in Korean to the account of @UKinKorea, the Twitter account for the British Embassy in Seoul:
— UKinKorea🇬🇧🇰🇷 (@UKinKorea) October 31, 2022
The King was not the only member of the royal family to share condolences with the people of South Korea. Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, wrote on their social media yesterday: "Catherine and I send all our love and prayers to the parents, families and loved ones of those tragically lost in Seoul yesterday evening. W & C"
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