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Queen sends message of condolence to Belgian people

The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the people of Belgium after yesterday’s terrorist attack which killed over 30 people in Brussels.

In the message, Her Majesty says that she and the Duke of Edinburgh were “shocked and saddened” by the events and passed on message of condolences.

In full the statement read:

“Prince Philip and I have been deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of life and injuries after the terrorist attack in Brussels.

“On behalf of the people of the United Kingdom, we send our most sincere condolences to you, the families of those who have died and all those in Belgium affected in Belgium by this terrible series of events.

Elizabeth R.”

Her Majesty joins monarchs from across Europe who have passed on messages to the Belgian people offering support and solidarity after the attacks.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands said: ” Europe is once again through an ordeal. What is needed now is for us to show our collective strength and we remain committed to the values ??of freedom and solidarity.”

The Spanish Monarch, King Felipe VI, says that he is “dismayed by the attacks in the capital of Europe” and offers his “solidarity and support to Belgium and its institutions.”

Belgium’s King Philippe addressed the nation yesterday evening saying: “For each of us this March 22 will never be a day like any other.”

He continued: “Mathilde and I share in your sorrow, you who have lost a loved one or who have been wounded in the cowardly and despicable attacks today.

“Faced with the threat, we will continue to respond with determination, with calmness and dignity. Let’s maintain confidence in ourselves. This trust is our strength.”

The attacks happened on Tuesday morning during the rush hour in Brussels, when the city’s international airport and main Metro station came under attack after bombs were detonated.

The militant group Daesh have claimed responsibility as Belgium enter three days of national mourning.

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