How the British royals respond to disaster
Royal visits to scenes of devastation
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When King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother stepped over rubble in London's East End after a German bombing raid in 1940 to greet and reassure survivors, the royal couple set a precedent in how the British royal family responds to disaster. In 1966, Queen Elizabeth II found herself in a similar situation when she visited the aftermath of a dreadful landslide that engulfed an entire school in Wales and took the lives of over 100 youngsters. In the years since, the Queen and other members of the British monarchy have provided encouragement and support to those who have survived similar tragedies.
Click through for a look back at royal visits to scenes of devastation.
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