Published 22 February 2009

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

The Princess Royal will represent The Queen at the Victorian Bushfires
Memorial Service in Melbourne.

The Princess Royal will personally represent The Queen at the Victorian Bushfires Memorial Service in Melbourne this Sunday (22nd February).

The Princess will also see areas affected by the fires during her visit to the Region.

The Queen sent a message of condolence to the people of Australia on 8th February, expressing her deep sympathy to the many who lost their lives and their homes in the disaster.

The Queen also made a personal donation to the Australian Red Cross Appeal last week. The Prince of Wales personally offered his condolences to the victims of the tragedy at a Reception for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the Book of Condolence at the Australian High Commission in London yesterday. It will be open to the public this weekend.