The Head of the Imperial House of Russia, H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, and her son and heir, H.I.H. the Grand Duke George of Russia, were shocked and saddened by the news of the series of terrible terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, committed during Easter celebrations and counting numerous local residents and foreign nationals among its victims. Their Imperial Highnesses extend their deepest condolences to the people of Sri Lanka and pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and for the recovery of the injured. The Grand Duchess and Grand Duke are confident that the Christians of Sri Lanka will receive the compassion, support, and protection of their Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim countrymen.