Queen praises a country 'resolute in the face of adversity'

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

THE Queen has shared a tribute to the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks as part of her 91st birthday message.

Previously, the monarch had released an unprecedented statement in which she said that the United Kingdom remained "resolute in the face of adversity", in reference to the terror attacks in Manchester and London, as well as the deadly fire.

The queen's actual birthday is on April 21, but she has an official birthday on the second Saturday in June, when the Trooping the Colour military parade - which this year will feature Prince William on horseback - takes place in central London.

In a statement released on her official 91st birthday, she said that while the day was traditionally a celebration, "it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood".

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, said in a message on her official birthday.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard. "The country has witnessed a succession of bad tragedies".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth walks past missing person posters during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre following the fire at the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017.

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

The Queen also met those injured in hospital after the Manchester suicide bomb in May where she spoke to people who had witnessed the explosion and saw people killed.

Elizabeth said that during recent visits to meet victims she had been struck by the inclination of people to offer comfort and support to those in need.

As for why the Queen celebrates her birthday twice, the Royal Mint explains, "The official birthday is held in the summer as it means there's a better chance of good weather for the ceremony".

Speaking about the honour, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, said: "He paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions".

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