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Queen says country 'resolute in the face of adversity' after London and Manchester attacks

The usual Queen's Birthday celebrations have been overshadowed by a “sombre national mood” following recent events.

The Queen has said the country has been “resolute in the face of adversity” following recent tragedies in London and Manchester.

She said it was “difficult to escape a very sombre mood”, in a message released on her official birthday.

Accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, the Queen visited west London on Friday after a deadly fire claimed the lives of at least 30 people at the Grenfell Tower.

She said: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.

“In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.

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The Queen meets residents of Grenfell Tower (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events.

“During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

The monarch visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people were killed following an Ariana Grande concert.

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The Queen met firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze in west London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

She added: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.

“United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

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