7/7 bombings: From Tony Blair to Prince William, what key figures said about the attacks at the time

It is the 10th anniversary of the July 7 2005 terrorist attacks on London

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Here are some of the reactions to the July 7 bombings from politicians, members of the Royal Family and other leading figures on the day of the attacks.

Tony Blair, then prime minister: "When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. The purpose of terrorism is just that. It is to terrorise people and we will not be terrorised. This is a very sad day for the British people but we will hold true to the British way of life."

The Queen: "The dreadful events in London this morning have deeply shocked us all. I know I speak for the whole nation in expressing my sympathy to all those affected and the relatives of the killed and injured."

Ken Livingstone, then mayor of London: "London has been the target of a cowardly terrorist attack. Londoners have responded calmly and courageously. On behalf of all Londoners, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been killed and to all of those who have been injured."

Tony Blair returned from the G8 Summit in the wake of the bombings, describing the attack as 'barbaric' (Getty)

Michael Howard, then Tory leader: "I entirely support what the Prime Minister has said about our determination to protect and defend our way of life. It is important that everyone should know that this country is completely united in our determination to defeat terrorism and to deal with those who are responsible for the appalling acts which we have seen today."

Charles Kennedy, then leader of the Liberal Democrats: "The people who perpetrated these monstrous attacks have no interest whatsoever in the liberty and dignity of individuals. They deserve and receive national and international contempt."

The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London: "This is a grave day for London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and bereaved and also with the emergency services who have responded so rapidly."

Prince William: "I was shocked and very saddened to learn of the terrible events that had occurred in London."

Jack McConnell, then Scotland first minister: "I had planned today to have a conversation with Ken Livingstone to congratulate him on the success of London yesterday in winning the Olympic Games for 2012. Instead I have sent a message of condolence."


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