Birthday message from Queen recognises recent tragedies plus minute’s silence

This morning, The Queen unusually released a birthday message, recognising the recent number of tragedies the country has faced.


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. 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.

In the last few months, the UK has faced the Westminster attack, the Manchester attack, the London Bridge attack, and now the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

It has also been announced there will be a minute’s silence at 10.45 am, lead by The Queen; she is appearing slightly early to take part in the silence.

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