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The Queen shares heartfelt message following devastating fatal crash
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have sent their condolences to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, who were involved in a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Canada, on Friday 6th April.
A coach, carrying 29 members of the team and coaching staff, collided with a truck, while on route to Nipawan for a hockey game.
So far, 15 people have been confirmed dead, including 10 players, the head coach and a further three of the team’s staff.
The royal couple, Prince Philip and the Queen, sent a message to the victims’ families, and to the country of Canada.
Queen Elizabeth said, “Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear word of the crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much, with their families and with all Canadians who grieve with them at this difficult time.”
The message was also translated into French, and was signed Elizabeth R. Elizabeth R is how the Queen signs off all official documents, as the R stands for Regina.
Many of the royal’s Twitter followers thanked the monarch for her message, and for thinking of them at such a difficult time.
Of the players who were killed in the devastating crash, all are thought to be between the ages of 16-21. It’s thought that 15 more people were also injured in the incident.
Canadian president Justin Trudeau also paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy in a moving statement.
He said, “An entire country is in shock and mouring. Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in almost every town – small and big – across Canada.
“Humboldt is no exception, and today the country and the entire hockey community stands with you.”
Justin Trudeau also shared how he has been sent messages of condolences from leaders around the world, including US President Donald Trump.
Humboldt is a city in the in the province of Saskatchewan.
On Monday, mourners gathered to hold a vigil for those who died at the Humboldt hockey rink. There was a moment of silence help at 7pm – which is when the Broncos team would have taken to the ice for their match. The vigil was also attended by the Prime Minister.
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