Saturday, 17 June 2017

Queen's birthday message reflects 'sombre national mood'

The Queen has hailed the UK for being "resolute in the face of adversity" after three terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.
In a statement released on her official 91st birthday, she said that while the day was traditionally a celebration, "it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood".

She paid tribute to the community and those suffering after the attacks in Westminster, Manchester, and at London Bridge, praising Britons' for their response.

The Queen and Prince Philip also observed a minute's silence before the Trooping the Colour parade in central London on Saturday.

The Queen said in her statement: "Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.

"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.

"As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events.

The Queen and Prince William visit the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire

"During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.

"United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss."

SKY     News.