Prince Charles has made a “substantial donation” to the families of the two Canadian soldiers who were killed recently while on duty.
Following the tragic shooting in Ottawa last week, the prince joined thousands of Canadians in an outpouring of support for the grieving families of the slain heroes.
Clarence House confirmed that a donation was made to the True Patriot Love Foundation, which manages the money coming in for soldiers through the Stand on Guard fund. Though the monetary amount was not disclosed, sources close to the royal confirm it was “substantial.”
The fund was created in the wake of last week’s tragic events and has so far received more than $700,000 in donations from 24 countries around the world.
The prince’s donation will go directly to the families of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was struck and killed by an attacker’s car two weeks ago.
In Ottawa on Oct. 22, Parliament Hill went into lockdown as gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed single dad Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a ceremonial guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Kevin Vickers, sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons later killed the shooter, a Quebec resident.)
On Oct. 28, Nathan was given a regimental funeral in his hometown of Hamilton. His mother, Kathy, and his five-year-old son, Marcus, led the procession through the downtown.
Friends described Nathan as a “kid at heart” who loved nothing more than to spend time with his son and his rescue dogs.
In the aftermath of the shooting, thousands of Canadians paid their respects to the late soldier, lining highways when his body was returned from Ottawa to Hamilton and laying flowers at the spot where he lost his life.