The Queen sent a message this morning to U.S. President Barack Obama expressing “deepest sympathies” to the American people, particularly to the victims of the tornado that struck the state of Oklahoma yesterday.
According to The British Monarchy website, the Queen’s message reads:
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused by yesterday’s tornado in Oklahoma. Prince Philip joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected, as well as the American people.
The message comes amidst ongoing reports of casualties and recovery efforts in Oklahoma, also called “tornado alley.”
As of Tuesday morning, KFOR-TV, a TV station from the state’s capital of Oklahoma City reports at least 91 dead and at least 233 injured after a 2 mile wide tornado tore through the town of Moore Monday afternoon, hitting two elementary schools in its path.
During overnight rescue efforts, several children were pulled out of the rubble alive but as recovery efforts continue, the death toll is expected to rise.
Last week, the Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, saw what remains of the devastation left by hurricane Sandy, which struck the Jersey Shore towns of Mantoloking and Seaside Heights in Oct. Accompanied by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Prince Harry also saw the current rebuilding efforts, commenting on the “fantastic” American spirit and the resilience of the American people.