The royal crew was in attendance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth's big birthday parade, where 1,600 soldiers, 400 musicians and 244 horses marched below.
"Today is traditionally a day of celebration," the Queen penned to the community ahead of the parade. "This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies."
"As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need," her letter read.
As RadarOnline.com reported, the country has suffered multiple terrorist attacks this year — and more recently faced more heartbreak after a raging fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in the middle of the night killing dozens.
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