The Dutch embassy in Ottawa cancelled a Queen’s Day reception on Thursday evening after a Dutch driver, allegedly attempting to assault the royal family, killed five people and injured 13 others when he plowed into a crowd gathered for a royal parade in the city of Apeldoorn.
The members of the royal family were not injured.
In light of the attack, the Queen’s Day reception in Ottawa was cancelled. Food from the event was donated to the Shepherds of Good Hope.
A release from the Dutch embassy stated it was considering cancelling this weekend’s events as well.
A Sunday church service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Kent Street will proceed, but with a different focus.
The embassy stated it was overwhelmed by expressions of sympathy from people in the city.