And it’s heartbreaking.
The Queen has only just started her summer holiday in Balmoral after a very busy year – two new great-grandchildren, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and Princess Eugenie’s upcoming nuptials.
Throw in the distressing rumours that her husband Prince Philip had died, and I think everyone can agree that the 92-year-old monarch needs some R&R.
Just days into her holiday however, the Queen has interrupted her time off to make a very important announcement, following the tragic news of the Greek wildfires.
Over 80 people have been reported dead in the Greek wildfires, with the horrific flash floods that have followed claiming yet more lives.
Given the tragic events and the royal family’s close connection to Greece, the Monarch released a heartfelt statement, shared on Buckingham Palace’s official website.
‘Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of Greece in the wake of the devastating fires in Attica and across Greece,’ the statement read. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy and to all those who have lost their homes. I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the Greek emergency services and the volunteers that have provided support.’
Prince Charles has also sent his thoughts, contacting the President of Greece with the following message:
‘Having been with you in Athens only recently, and recalling the joy of our visit and the welcome we received from the Greek people, we can only assure you of our affectionate thoughts and special prayers at such a heartbreaking time.’
We will continue to update this story.