The Queen and Prince Charles were among those sharing heartfelt messages after the tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Monday.
The Queen released a statement: “Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre-Dame Cathedral.”
To French President Emmanuel Macron, she said: “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.”
Prince Charles also addressed the president in a statement.
“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 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 Castle twenty-seven years ago. We send you our most profound sympathy, however inadequate that may be.”
Monday’s horrific blaze was declared fully extinguished around 15 hours after it began. It destroyed the 850-year-old building’s roof and caused its spire to collapse.
Firefighters did manage to save the iconic building’s main stone structure, including its two towers.