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Queen writes to Nepali president after devastating quake

The Queen has written to the president of Nepal to express her sadness at the deaths of more than 3,700 people following Saturday's devastating earthquake.

The Queen said she was "shocked to hear of the appalling loss of life and injuries". "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this disaster and with t hose bereaved and affected," the message said.

Her Majesty's message comes as volunteers and rescue teams from the UK begin the search for survivors in affected areas.

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Queen attends Easter Sunday service in Windsor

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family have attended an Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Queen leaves after attending the Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle Credit: Neil Hall/PA Wire
A young child gives the Queen a bunch of daffodils outside St George's Chapel. Credit: Neil Hall/PA Wire

Kate 'sorry for not bringing noisy' Prince George to church

The Duchess of Cambridge has apologised for not bringing Prince George to the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

William and Kate joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and others for the religious gathering near the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

After the service the Duchess apologised to a mother and her young daughter, who were among 2,000 wellwishers outside the church, for not bringing her son. When Maddison Neal, aged eight from nearby Dersingham, gave Kate a Milky Bar selection box for George, she replied: "I'm sorry we didn't bring George but you would have heard him in the church."

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Maddison's mother Sarah, 37, said: "We were hoping Kate would take the present but we didn't know if we'd be lucky enough to meet her. "Maddison met George on Sunday at the service at Anmer church. She helped him with his lantern and he blew her a kiss."

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Queen 'deeply touched' by 'selflessness' of Ebola workers

The Queen will say she is "deeply touched" by the "selflessness" of medical staff fighting the Ebola outbreak in her annual Christmas speech.

Doctors and nurses from the UK and other nations have volunteered to help countries such as Sierra Leone combat the epidemic.

Today, the Queen will praise medical staff and those who provide humanitarian relief in war zones.

The Queen will deliver her annual Christmas speech at 3pm. Credit: PA

I have been deeply touched this year by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk.

– The Queen

She will also pay tribute to the 888,246 who fell in the First World War, who each had a poppy dedicated to them on display at the Tower of London earlier this year.

The message will be transmitted on both television and radio at 3pm.

The royals, who will spend the festive period at Sandringham in Norfolk, will attend a church service to mark Christmas Day.

However, they will already have opened their presents as unlike most people in the UK, they follow the German tradition of swapping gifts on Christmas Eve.

The Queen sends 'thoughts and prayers' to Glasgow

The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the victims of the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

In the message, sent to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, she said her "thoughts and prayers" and those of the Duke of Edinburgh were with those mourning lost loved ones and those injured in the tragedy.

Prince Philip and I were saddened by the news of the tragic accident in Glasgow yesterday.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured.

This sad event is made even more difficult as it comes at Christmas time. I send my condolences to all the people of Glasgow.

– The Queen
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