Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is to make a private donation to the fund-raising appeal for victims of the bushfires in Australia. The Queen has reigned as Australia’s Sovereign since for fifty seven years. She first came to Australia in 1954.

Earlier The Queen had expressed her concern over the bushfires which have ravaged Victoria.  "I was shocked and saddened to learn of the terrible toll being exacted by the fires this weekend," The Queen said.

 

"I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who have died and my deep sympathy to the many that have lost their homes in this disaster.

 

"On so dreadful an occasion as this for Australia, the firefighters and other emergency services have been making extraordinary efforts to contain the situation and tend to those who have been injured.

 

"Please also convey to them my renewed admiration for all that they are doing."