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The Queen makes personal donation to help victims of Italy’s earthquake

The Queen has made a personal donation to help with the search and rescue operation in Italy following a huge earthquake in the country which has killed almost 300 people and has left hundreds more injured.

Her Majesty gave the unspecified amount to the British Red Cross, a charity of which she is patron of.

Earlier in the week, Her Majesty sent a letter of condolence to the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.

The statement read: “Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear of the loss of life following the earthquake in central Italy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Italy, especially the family and friends of those affected.

“Elizabeth R.”

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Italy early on Wednesday morning in a mountainous region, just 65 miles away from Rome.

The death toll currently stands at 268, with hundreds more being injured.

The country has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst effected by the earthquake, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledging £42m in funds to rebuild devastated areas.

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