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Duchess of Cambridge pays tribute to those who died in London terror attack

In a speech at an engagement in London, the Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the Westminster terror attack.

Before starting her speech on mental health, the Duchess said: “Before I begin, I know you would all want to join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to all those sadly affected by yesterday’s terrible attack in Westminster.

“We will be thinking of all the families, as we discuss the important issues we are here to talk about.”

Her Royal Highness made the comments during a visit to Best Beginnings – a charity partner of the Heads Together campaign.

Whilst there, she learnt about maternal mental health – an issue that is of great importance to the Duchess.

Whether or not the visit would go ahead was put in doubt following the terror attack where three innocent people lost their lives.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh cancelled a planned appearance in Westminster on Thursday morning when they were due to open the headquarters of New Scotland Yard.

However, in order to relieve the police of any unnecessary pressure, the visit was postponed so the police can put all of their effort into the counter-terror investigation.

On Wednesday morning, The Queen released a statement expressing her condolences to those affected by the attack.

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 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.”