The Queen sends condolences and donation to earthquake victims in Italy

The Queen has made a donation to the search and rescue efforts in Italy after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit on Wednesday (Aug. 24), leaving at least 267 dead and hundreds injured.

Her Majesty donated an unspecified amount to the British Red Cross and sent a message of condolence to the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella. The note was shared on the royal family's website and Twitter account. It read: "Prince Philip and I were saddened to hear of the loss of life following the earthquake in central Italy.”


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
The Queen said her "thoughts and prayers" were with the people of Italy

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Italy, especially the family and friends of those affected."

Celebrities have taken to social media to reach out in solidarity with Italy following the disaster, with Ellen DeGeneres tweeting: "We are with you, Italy. #ItalyEarthquake," while Hillary Clinton wrote: "Thinking about the people of both Italy and Myanmar as they respond to today's earthquakes. My heart goes out to the victims’ families. –H."

Rescue teams have been searching for survivors since Wednesday, with a civil protection worker telling Associated Press that they need more equipment to move rubble to find people. They said: "We need chain saws, shears to cut iron bars, and jacks to remove beams: everything, we need everything."

Earthquake aftermath in Italy
The earthquake has devastated central Italy

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that one Canadian died in the tragedy. The Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion addressed the death in the following statement:“I was extremely saddened to see the tragic loss of life following the devastating earthquake in central Italy, which now includes the death of a Canadian citizen. We share in the grief of the lives cut short by this terrible event.”

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