Queen issues emotional statement to mark earthquake anniversary – 'Thoughts with you all'

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The Queen marked the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, which on February 22 2011 claimed the lives of 185 people and injured 2,000 more. The monarch honoured the victims and casualties and praised the indomitable spirits of New Zealanders in a statement issued earlier today.

Her words were read out by the Governor-General in New Zealand, which represents the Queen in the country, during a service of remembrance at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial in Christchurch.

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