It was with the greatest shock and sadness that my wife and I heard the terrible news this morning of a massive earthquake in North East Japan.

I can only begin to imagine the horrifying situation with which local communities and your Emergency Services are having to deal. We have been following reports closely and I wanted Your Majesty to know how much our hearts go out to the families and friends of all those who have lost their lives, have been injured or have seen their property destroyed. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers at this most dreadful and challenging of times.