The Queen pays heartfelt tribute to victims of 9/11 on 20th anniversary

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and Queen Elizabeth has shared a tribute to the people who lost their lives.

The Queen shared a poignant statement in which she remembered those who had tragically lost their lives in 2001.

The tribute was shared on the official Royal Family social media channels.

It read: "As we mark the 20th anniversary of the terrible attacks on 11th September 2001, my thoughts and prayers – and those of my family and the entire nation – remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.

"My visit to the site of the World Trade Center in 2010 is held fast in my memory.

"It reminds me that as we honour those from many nations, faiths, and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild. Elizabeth R."

The tweet has since been liked and shared by thousands.

The Americans National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, will be played at Guard Change at Windsor Castle at 11am.

The Queen has paid tribute before to those who died in the Twin Towers attack and the American National Anthem was played two days after the events of 9/11 during an emotional Changing of the Guard.

A 9/11 survivor named Kim John Burns, 42, was three months pregnant when she was working at the World Trade Center on the day of the attacks, and she described the experience to OK!

She said: "When I woke up on 11 September, 2001, it felt like a really special day. For the first time in weeks, I didn’t feel instantly sick.

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"When I got to my office at the South Tower, where I worked at a brokerage firm, I decided to treat myself to breakfast to celebrate this milestone moment in my first pregnancy.

"I looked out of the window and could just see thousands of pieces of paper falling from the sky, before noticing the fire in the North Tower.

"There was no time to pick up any of our possessions – me and my colleagues just left straight away and walked down the switched-off escalators.

"I’m pretty good under pressure, so I was feeling quite calm and focused on just finding the exit. In my head, I rationalised the situation, telling myself the issue was far up in the other building, so I was just going to get out, wait a while, and then be let back at my desk before lunch."

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