Her Majesty the Queen has on Tuesday expressed she and Prince Philip are “deeply saddened” over the fire that broke out at Notre Dame on Monday evening.
The monarch sent a message of support to the people of France and said her thoughts and prayers are with those who worship the iconic 12th century landmark and “all of France at this difficult time.”
The Queen, in her message to the French President Emmanuel Macron said, “Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to see the images of the fire which has engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral.
“I extend my sincere admiration to the emergency services who have risked their lives to try to save this important national monument.
“My thoughts and prayers are with those who worship at the Cathedral and all of France at this difficult time.”
Signed, “Elizabeth R.”
President Macron has vowed he will have the historic cathedral re-built and fundraising has already started.
Queen Elizabeth was last seen at Notre Dame in a state visit to Paris in 2014, as she toured the flower market Marche aux Fleurs which is just yards away from the cathedral.