The Queen shares emotional tribute to the nation on her birthday

'It is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood'

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'It is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood'

Today, on her official 91st birthday, the Queen praised the nation for remaining 'resolute in the face of adversity' in an emotional letter shared by Kensington Palace.

The message was shared as she and the entire Royal family joined the annual Trooping the Colour parade down the mall to celebrate her birthday.

It follows the recent tragedies of the Manchester and London Bridge attacks, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire.

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In her letter to the people, Queen Elizabeth wrote: ‘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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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.

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 horrible affected by injury and loss.’

Despite the sombre mood, the Royals carried on with the celebrations as planned. Prince Charles and Prince William donned their uniforms and mounted horses towards Buckingham Palace, while Kate Middleton and Camilla went for the horse-drawn carriage option instead.

The family then made the traditional appearance on the Palace's balcony to wave to the crowds. We have to admit Prince George and Princess Charlotte looked particularly adorable, especially with their cheeky grins which we're pretty sure Prince Harry approved of.

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