Queen Elizabeth II Pays Tribute To Victims of ‘Awful’ Parliament Attack

“My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.”

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Queen Elizabeth II has expressed sympathy for the victims of Wednesday’s deadly attack near the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament in London and thanking police for their bravery.

“My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence,” she said in a statement Thursday. “I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.”

Among those killed on Wednesday was a veteran policeman, Keith Palmer, who was stabbed by the assailant while guarding the Palace of Westminster.

Read the latest on the attack here.

British media reported that shortly after the attack, the gates to Buckingham Palace, the queen’s main residence, were closed as a precaution.

Read the Queen’s full statement below.

Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons. I look forward to visiting at a later date.

My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.

ELIZABETH R.