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Queen releases a heartfelt statement ahead of Trooping the Colour

Before today's festivities begin, Queen Elizabeth has released an unprecedented statement acknowledging Britain's recent tragedies.

By Bella Brennan
Trooping the Colour, 2017 is just about to commence but ahead of the parade, Queen Elizabeth has released a heartfelt message.
Paying tribute to the three horrific tragedies the country has suffered in the short span of just a few weeks, Her Majesty explained: "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. ELIZABETH R," the statement concluded.
Following her statement and before Trooping, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh lead a national minute of silence outside Buckingham Palace .
Indeed following the Manchester attack, the London Bridge attack and Grenfell Tower fire, the British Royal Family have been meeting with victims and the incredible volunteers, doctors and nurses from all three events.
The Queen's statement has been well-received with many commentators pleased the 91-year-old has referenced the somber mood of the country at present.
"Our majesty has always been a rock for this country, one of which is the envy of the world. I wish to convey my sincerest thanks for her continuing work and wishing a happy birthday," one person penned.
"Well said your Majesty. Happy Birthday. Thank you for taking the time to visit the people who have lost everything and showing that whilst the government doesn't seem to care our head of state does," another added.
"Perfect message from the perfect public servant. God Save the Queen," one person agreed.
Upon arrival at the Westway Sports Centre, Her Majesty and Prince William were welcomed warmly.
On Friday, Queen Elizabeth was joined by Prince William as they made a surprise visit to a makeshift relief centre for Grenfell Tower fire victims in London.
Her Majesty and her grandson, 34, were applauded as they arrived to the Westway Sports Centre - a focal point for volunteers, displaced people and relatives of the missing.
The royals spent around 45 minutes exchanging words with first responders, local residents and community representatives. They also took the time to meet with volunteers in front of tables stacked high with donated goods.
According to the Daily Mail, William talked emotionally about the fire and described it as “one of the most terrible things I have ever seen."
Today's festivities will still go ahead as planned however extra security has been organised.
The Queen chats to a victim of the Manchester attacks.

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