Queen says Britain sombre but steadfast

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

The Queen has hailed the United Kingdom for being "resolute in the face of adversity" after three terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

"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.

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

She became queen in 1952, aged 25.

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.

The Queen of England has said the country has been "resolute in the face of adversity" following recent tragedies in London and Manchester. This year, however, it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood. "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".

"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".

The monarch visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital following the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people were killed following an Ariana Grande concert.

PC Keith Palmer was given the George Medal as part of the Civilian Gallantry list.

"It is an honour that could not be more deserved and I know it will mean a great deal to all those who knew and loved him".

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