Queen sends message to quake-hit New Zealand city
Queen Elizabeth II sent "good wishes" to people in New Zealand who have been affected by the country's biggest earthquake in nearly 80 years, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday.
"The Queen has today asked the New Zealand prime minister to send her good wishes to those affected by and helping with the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake in Christchurch," a spokesman said.
Her comments came after Prime Minister John Key cancelled a trip to Europe, which was to have included a visit to the royals' Scottish residence Balmoral, as the clean-up in Christchurch continues.
Christchurch has been hit by violent aftershocks in the wake of Saturday's 7.0 magnitude quake and is still in a state of emergency although no-one was killed.
Queen Elizabeth is New Zealand's head of state. She is represented in the realm by a governor-general.
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