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The Queen releases a statement following the London terror attack

The Queen has released a statement following on from Wednesday’s terror attack in London in which five people died.

In the statement addressed to the Police Commissioner, Her Majesty said: “Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we are not able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons.

“I look forward to visiting at a later date.

“My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.

“I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.

Elizabeth R.”

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were forced to cancel their visit to Scotland Yard on Thursday following the incident the day before.

Her Majesty was due to open the new police headquarters on the Victoria Embankment – which is just a couple of minutes away from the scene of the attacks.

Government Ministers were told on Wednesday to only undertake urgent and essential visits on Thursday. It is unknown whether the same advice has been given to The Royal Family, although engagements in the capital have been postponed.

The attack occurred on Wednesday afternoon when a man drove a car into pedestrians on London Bridge, killing two people.

He then stabbed a police officer, 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer, who later died.

The total death toll was four, including the attacker.

Prime Minister Theresa May chaired an emergency COBRA meeting, where afterwards she condemned the “sick and depraved terrorist attack.”

Speaking outside of Number 10, Mrs May said: “Let me make it clear today… any attempt to defeat those values through violence is doomed to failure.

“Parliament will come together as normal and Londoners will get up and go about their day as normal… they will walk these streets, they will live their lives never giving into terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

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