A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the people of Australia following the recent droughts.

Aerial view of ‘Long View’, Come-By-Chance, during the drought. Photo: Used With Permission

Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to hear of one of the worst Australian droughts in living memory.

I know Australia as a land where extremes of weather, floods and droughts are taken in their stride, and life goes on with a stoic and determined spirit.

It is clear, however, that the current drought is taking an immense toll, especially on those living and working in rural communities, who are, in so many ways, the very heart and soul of Australia.

It is heartening and reassuring to see that families, communities and the entire nation are working together and supporting each other at this time of need.

My thoughts and prayers are with the many individuals, families, communities and businesses who have been affected, and I send my sincere thanks to all those who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their support.

Elizabeth R

Feeding cattle at ‘Long View’, Come-By-Chance, during the drought. Photo: Used With Permission

Queen Elizabeth has also made a personal donation to support drought relief efforts in Australia.

This is said to be the worst drought in recorded history, where some areas in north-west New South Wales and Queensland haven’t received good rainfall during the past six to seven years.

Farmer May McKeown, who has been battling the drought for six to seven years, says she appreciates Her Majesty The Queen’s message.

Other severe droughts include the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the World War II Drought (1939-1945) and the recent Millennium Drought (1997-2009).

An old Bondi tram sits in the middle of a bare paddock at ‘Long View’, Come-By-Chance, during Australia’s worst-ever drought. Photo: Photo: Used With Permission

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Australia 16 times, with their last tour in 2011. The royal couple travelled to Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Drought Relief Agencies

Anyone wishing to support drought-stricken farmers can visit the websites listed below:

Drought Angels – https://www.droughtangels.org.au/

Salvation Army Drought 2018 – https://salvos.org.au/about-us/latest-news/disasters-other-appeals/2018-droughts/

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip on the royal train at Central Railway Station, Sydney (NSW), during their first visit to Australia in 1954. Source: State Records NSW

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