The Queen’s Sombre Message For The Nation On Her Official Birthday

Dressed in a smart pale blue suit with a matching hat, The Queen attended her birthday parade at Horse Guards in London today as is tradition, despite the blistering summer heat.

Ahead of her official 91st birthday celebrations today, the Queen shared a sombre and reflective message on what is “traditionally a day of celebration.”

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

“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.”

She concluded her message by saying, “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.” The Queen insisted that there was a minute’s silence before the event today to pay tribute to all the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster that unfolded earlier this week. The dreadful tragedy has reportedly been ‘very much on Her Majesty’s mind’ this week.

This year mark’s Her Majesty’s 65th year as Queen. Arriving by horse-drawn carriage as is tradition, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh smiled and waved at the crowds who had amassed to wish them well on the Mall in London.

The Queen was joined on the Mall this morning by the rest of the royal family. The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads in a bright pink outfit as she rode in a carriage with Prince Harry and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who looked demure in a cream ensemble with matching hat.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during The Queen official birthday 2017 parade

Catherine’s fashion-forward outfit, which appears to be another creation by her wedding dress designer Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, was completed with a Jane Taylor hat, also in this season’s hottest bright pink shade, and a pair of diamond drop earrings that had been lent to the Duchess by the Queen.

The Duke of Cambridge didn’t ride with his wife and the rest of the royal family, as he, the Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Princess Royal take part in the Trooping the Colour parade on horseback.