Spanish king and queen pay royal visit to victims of Barcelona terror attack

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Survivors of the Barcelona van attack were today comforted in hospital by Spain’s king and queen as the royal couple visited their bedsides.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia did the rounds at the city’s Hospital del Mar where victims of Thursday’s massacre are recovering.

Spain’s head of state and his wife spoke to patients and medical staff 48 hours after at least 13 people died and 130 were injured in the attack – the country’s most devastating since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

One family visited by the couple included two children and their father who were recovering from injuries they sustained when the van ploughed through crowds on Las Ramblas.

It came after the King and Queen led a minute’s silence on Friday in Barcelona’s central Plaça de Catalunya to honour victims of the van massacre and a separate attack in Cambrils.

Terrorists struck in the coastal town hours after Las Ramblas, killing one woman and injuring five others before police shot dead the five attackers after they drove a car into pedestrians

On Saturday Catalonia’s emergency services said 54 people remained in the hospital, with 12 of them in critical condition, following the two attacks.


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