James Corden took a moment Thursday night to pay tribute to the victims of the attack in Barcelona, and the Queen has sent a message of condolence to the King of Spain.
At the start of his show, before the regular monologue, Corden addressed the audience directly about the day’s horrific events in Spain, where 13 people were killed in an apparent terrorist attack.
“You will by now have heard about the tragic events today in Barcelona. It saddens me that once again I need to start our program talking about another appalling tragedy in the world,” Corden said.
Rather than offer mere condolences, Corden decided to make a statement about not simply getting on with life after terrorist attacks.
“When we hear about London or Paris, Stockholm and now Barcelona, you could almost start to become numb to it,” said Corden, “like this is something becoming normal and we don’t need to talk about it here on our show.”
“But we think we mustn’t allow it to become something that’s normal,” Corden continued. “We must talk about it so that we remember how sad, horrific and tragic these moments are. To the people of Spain and Barcelona, I just want to add to the rest of the world’s outpouring of love and give our thoughts for you.”
“We are thinking about the victims and their families on what must be an unimaginable day of horror for them,” Corden concluded Thursday night. “Our job here is to bring a bit of light and levity to the end of your day in a world where it is becoming often too hard to find.”
Condolences came from all over after the attacks in Spain, including a message from the Queen of England to the King of Spain.
“Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to Your Majesty, and the people of Spain, following the terrible terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils which killed and seriously injured many,” the Queen’s message reads. “It is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives.”
The message concludes: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the people who are recovering in hospital. Please convey our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by these appalling incidents.”