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11 Sep 2021
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Queen says 9/11 victims in her prayers

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The Queen also reportedly sang along the American anthem at a memorial service in London's St Paul's Cathedral three days after 9/11.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 12, 2021, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II watches a military ceremony to mark her official birthday in Windsor. - Queen Elizabeth II said the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks were in her prayers in a message to US President Joe Biden for Saturday's anniversary of the attacks. The 95-year-old monarch said: "my thoughts and prayers - and those of my family and the entire nation -- remain with the victims, survivors and families affected." She also paid tribute to the first responders and rescue workers at the scene and the "resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild". The Queen and her late husband Prince Philip made a rare trip to the US in 2010, laying a wreath at Ground Zero and meeting relatives of victims, and she told Biden that this visit was "held fast in my memory". In a further royal tribute to the dead, who included 67 British people, the US anthem was played on Saturday by fur-hatted Welsh Guards at the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle. (Photo by EDDIE MULHOLLAND / AFP)

Queen Elizabeth II, in a message to US President Joe Biden, said the victims and survivors of 9/11 were in her prayers on Saturday’s anniversary of the attacks.

The 95-year-old monarch said: “My thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors and families affected.”

She also paid tribute to the first responders and rescue workers at the scene and the “resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild”.

The Queen and her late husband Prince Philip made a rare trip to the US in 2010, laying a wreath at Ground Zero and meeting relatives of victims, and she told Biden that this visit was “held fast in my memory”.

Queen says 9/11 victims in her prayers
Diane and Kurt Horning, who lost their son Matthew Horning in the September 11, 2001, attacks, look at their sons name at the Empty Sky Memorial on June 15, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey. – Twenty years later and they still talk regularly: survivors and relatives of 9/11 have formed strong friendships through support groups that have proved effective antidotes to their trauma. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

In a further royal tribute to the dead, who included 67 Britons, the US anthem was played on Saturday by fur-hatted Welsh Guards at the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Windsor Castle.

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Previously, a day after the attacks the Queen ordered the US anthem to be played during the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. 

The Queen also reportedly sang along to “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a memorial service in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral three days after the attacks, breaking royal protocol.

In September 2001, the Queen wrote a message that was read out at a service of remembrance in New York for the British dead, saying “nothing that can be said can begin to take away the anguish and the pain of these moments. Grief is the price we pay for love.”

While in the US in 2010, she opened Manhattan’s British Memorial Garden dedicated to the British victims.