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The Queen sends her sincere condolences to victims of Brussels attacks


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Gemma Strong
Online Digital News Director
March 23, 2016
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The Queen and Prince Philip have joined the list of world leaders extending their sympathies to the victims of Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium. In a statement released on Twitter, the British monarch said she and her husband were both "deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of life and injuries after the terrorist attack in Brussels"."On behalf of the people of the United Kingdom, we send our most sincere condolences to you, the families of those who have died and all those in Belgium affected by this terrible series of events," she said.

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The Queen and Prince Philip have extended their sincere condolences

Belgium is observing three days of mourning following the shocking attacks at the Brussels Zaventem Airport and the Maelbeek metro station, which killed more than 30 people, and injured around 130 others.Prime Minister David Cameron was among the first to condemn the atrocities, stating he was "shocked and concerned" by the events in Brussels. "We must stand with Belgium at this very difficult time," he tweeted.

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The statement from the British monarch was released on Twitter

The country's royal family also issued a message following the attacks. "Shocked by odious attacks in Brussels national and Brussels metro," the statement, written on behalf of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, read. "Our thoughts go to victims, families and emergency services. "Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel, meanwhile, called the terrorist acts "blind, violent and cowardly". "This is a day of tragedy, a black day," he said. "I would like to call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity."

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People gathered in Place de la Bourse to remember the victims

A minute's silence was held in Brussels on Wednesday to remember those who lost their lives in the attacks. People gathered in their droves at Schumann Square and in the Place de la Bourse, in the city centre, in a show of solidarity, and applauded as the silence came to an end.

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