Queen says ‘thoughts and prayers’ of Royal Family are with victims of ‘terrible’ 9/11 attacks in message to Joe Biden

THE Queen has said the “thoughts and prayers” of the Royal Family are with the victims of the 9/11 attacks in a touching post to Joe Biden.

On the 20th anniversary of America’s darkest day, the 95-year-old monarch paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders and rescue workers in a message to the US president.

The Queen has paid tribute on the 20th anniversary of 9/11
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The Queen said: “As we mark the 20th anniversary of the terrible attacks on September 11, 2001, my thoughts and prayers – and those of my family and entire nation – remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.

“My visit to the site of the World Trade Centre in 2010 is held fast in my memory.

“It reminds me that as we honour those from many nations, faiths and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determinations of the communities who joined together to rebuild.”

It comes as Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer marked the anniversary by praising the international resolve which has grown from the al-Qaeda-led tragedy.

In a defiant message to be played a memorial event at the Olympic Park in east London today, the PM said the threat of terrorism remained – but people refused to live their lives in “permanent fear”.

“The fact that we are coming together today – in sorrow but also in faith and resolve – demonstrates the failure of terrorism and the strength of the bonds between us,” Mr Johnson said.

And Labour leader Sir Keir said the consequences of the attacks were “still being felt to this day” – adding the tragedy was “still so raw”.

He said: “But as we mark this anniversary I’m convinced our resolve has never been stronger.

“We will continue to fight terror and violence, by promoting our values of justice and peace.”

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