Published 20 August 2008

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

I was deeply saddened to learn of the dreadful loss of life in today's aircraft crash at Barajas airport in Madrid, the news of which has shocked us all. Philip joins me in sending our warm and heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of those who have died, and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who have been injured. At this difficult time, all those affected by this tragedy are in our thoughts and our prayers.

ELIZABETH R