July 8, 2013 2:48 pm
Updated: July 8, 2013 2:52 pm

Queen expresses profound sadness over Lac Megantic disaster

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OTTAWA – The Queen has expressed deep sadness over the disaster in Lac Megantic, Que.

She sent a message through the federal government saying the loss of life “has shocked us all.”

She said she hopes it will be possible to rebuild both the property and the lives of those affected by the rail disaster.

Her thoughts and prayers are with all the people of the small community.

Read her statement in full here:

It was with profound sadness that I learned of the tragic events that have befallen the town of Lac-Mégantic.

The loss of life and livelihoods has shocked us all.

Prince Philip joins me in hoping that in time it will be possible to rebuild both the property and the lives of those who have been affected.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Elizabeth R.

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