London, Aug 24 : The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to the British competitors for their success at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Her Majesty said that she had followed the endeavours of the British and Commonwealth athletes who took part in Beijing "with great interest and admiration".
"The golden triumphs of the present British team can only serve as further inspiration to those who will be working hard over the next four years to make the London Games a shining example of Olympic success," Telegraph quoted The Queen, as adding.
On Aug 23, British medal haul saw Tim Brabants win a bronze in the 500m kayak and Sarah Stevenson getting a bronze in the taekwondo.
It brought the tally to 19 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze - a total of 47 that put Britain in fourth place in the medal table.
Her Majesty's statement in full: "As the Olympic Games in Beijing draw to a close, I have been particularly impressed by the British and Commonwealth athletes who have taken part in this memorable competition and who have contributed so much to the spirit of these remarkable Games in the various disciplines.
"Like so many people around the world, I have followed their endeavours with great interest and admiration. To all the participants, and to everyone who has supported them so well, I send my warmest congratulations.
"As a nation we now look forward to holding the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
"The golden triumphs of the present British team can only serve as further inspiration to those who will be working hard over the next four years to make the London Games a shining example of Olympic success."
Story first published: Sunday, August 24, 2008, 13:05 [IST]
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