THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
The Queen has sent a message of sympathy to Lord Lieutenants in the 11 counties affected by the severe floods of the past week. It reads:
I have been shocked by the news and pictures of the devastation caused by the severe flooding across the country.
My thoughts are with those who have lost family or friends, whose homes or livelihoods have been damaged, and all those who have been displaced by these events.
May I also express my admiration for the emergency services, the local authorities and volunteers working tirelessly to help those affected.
To everyone concerned with the relief efforts I send my heartfelt thanks.