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The Queen

The Queen pays tribute to those lost on 9/11 in special message marking the 20th anniversary of the attacks


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The Queen has sent a special message to the President of the United States as the world marks 20 years since the terror attacks of 9/11.

In her message, Her Majesty pays tribute to the ‘resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild” and she tells Joe Biden that the thoughts of ”the entire nation” remain with those impacted by the attacks.

The Queen’s message, in full, reads:

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the terrible attacks on 11th September 2001, my thoughts and prayers – and those of my family and the entire nation – remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty on that day. 

My visit to the site of the World Trade Centre in 2010 is held fast in my memory. It reminds me that as we honour those from many nations, faiths and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the  communities who joined together to rebuild.

It is signed ‘Elizabeth R’.

A total of 2,977 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks. Four planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, another into the Pentagon while the fourth crashed in a field at Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers on board fought back.

All those who died will be remembered in services around the world on September 11th 2021, twenty years on.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.