Queen Elizabeth Says She's Deeply Saddened By The Drought

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Queen Elizabeth Says She's Deeply Saddened By The Drought AAP

The Queen says she and Prince Phillip are deeply saddened by the drought affecting so many Australians but are heartened to see communities rallying together.

In a message released by Government House, Queen Elizabeth II said it was clear "one of the worst Australian droughts in living memory" was taking a heavy toll.

"I know Australia as a land where extremes of weather, floods and droughts are taken in their stride, and life goes on with a stoic and determined spirit," the Queen said in a statement on Thursday.

"It is clear, however, that the current drought is taking an immense toll, especially on those living and working in rural communities, who are, in so many ways, the very heart and soul of Australia."

The Queen said it was heartening and reassuring to see Australians supporting each other during a time of need.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the many individuals, families, communities and businesses who have been affected, and I send my sincere thanks to all those who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their support," she said.

The Queen has also made a private donation to support the drought relief efforts.

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