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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip throw their support behind Australia’s drought-stricken farmers

“Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened”

By: Faye James

On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip issued a statement and donation for Australian Drought Relief in support of the farmers who have had the land ravaged by the extremities.

Queen Elizabeth II expressed that she and Prince Philip were "deeply saddened to hear of one of the worst Australian droughts in living memory," In a statement released by Government House.

"I know Australia as a land where extremes of weather, floods and droughts are taken in their stride, and life goes on with a stoic and determined spirit," the Queen added.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip have issued a statement and donation for Australian Drought Relief

"It is clear, however, that the current drought is taking an immense toll, especially on those living and working in rural communities, who are, in so many ways, the very heart and soul of Australia."

Her majesty went onto say her thoughts and prayers are with the many individuals, families, communities and businesses who have been affected, and sent her sincere thanks to all those "who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their support".

How the Queen donated remains unknown but there are a number of ways supporters can donate to the cause.

Various shocking images have been released showing how the drought has ravaged the land

Buy a Bale helps donate necessities to those farmers in need while Aussie Helpers delivers equipment, food and emotional support.

Various shocking images have been released showing how the drought has ravaged the land, including a post from NSW farmer Andrew Curo that recently went viral.

"I spent four days fishing — not with a fishing line, but with a excavator to remove hundreds of dead sheep and roos that are stuck in drying dams," Mr Curo wrote.

"Driving to pick up kids — but not from school, I was picking up baby lambs who were sitting next to their dead mothers for days on end.

"It's the worst I've seen it in 18 years of going out there.

"Australia should be ashamed. We worry about 2 per cent of sheep dying on boats going overseas because you've seen a video of it, but what about the 90 per cent dying in the paddock?" he added.