Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have both sent messages to Queenslanders affected by bushfires.
Both messages were sent to Governor Paul de Jersey at Government House in Brisbane this week, disproving claims by anti-monarchists that the Queen doesn’t care about Australia or its people.
Queen Elizabeth II
Message from Her Majesty The Queen to Queenslanders affected by the bushfires
Prince Philip and I are saddened to hear of the unprecedented fires impacting so many people in Queensland.
I pay tribute to the commitment and dedication of the firefighters, other emergency services personnel, and the volunteers who are working tirelessly to contain the fires.
In true Australian spirit, it is heartening to know other States and Territories are working alongside Queensland in support of the relief effort.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited Brisbane during what was said to be their last tour of Australia in 2011, to coincide with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.
Charles, Prince of Wales
According to the Queensland Governor’s Facebook page, the future King of Australia will make a personal donation to the Red Cross Queensland Bushfire Appeal.
Having visited Queensland in April, my wife and I are so deeply saddened to hear how the catastrophic bushfires are affecting so many people, particularly under continued drought and heatwave conditions. Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those forced to evacuate and who have suffered so much as a result of these terrible fires.
We also want to extend our particular gratitude to the fire departments, emergency personnel, government officials and volunteers who came together from across the country to help their fellow Australians in their time of need. It is a true reflection of the indomitable Australian spirit that we have so long admired.
Our special thoughts and prayers are with all Queenslanders at these most challenging and anxious of times.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had visited parts of Queensland in April 2018, including Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Bundaberg (including the famous Rum Distillery and Museum) and opened the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey
The Governor himself posted a message on Facebook.