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King of Belgium phones Queen Elizabeth to express condolences following terror attack

King Philippe of Belgium has phoned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to express his condolences following the terror attack in London where three innocent people lost their lives.

The King told Her Majesty that the thoughts of Belgium are with the people of the United Kingdon, also expressing his best wishes to the victims as to those recovering in hospital.

The terror attack on Wednesday occurred exactly one year to the day since the terrorist attacks in Belgium where 32 people were killed.

The King took part in ceremonies during the day, where he gave a speech when unveiling a monument in memory of the victims.

The King said: “It’s the responsibility of each and every one of us to make our society more humane and more just. Let’s learn to listen to each other again, to respect each other’s weaknesses.

“Above all, let us dare to be tender.”

On Thursday 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. A Spanish national and American national are among the dead.

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.”