Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Britain left 'sombre' by tower inferno, says Queen

LONDON, June 16 Britain's Queen Elizabeth visited residents, volunteers and emergency services at a centre helping those affected by London's tower block fire on Friday, with grandson Prince William promising to return to hear residents' concerns.

She celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official one which usually falls on the second Saturday in June.

Her Majesty, 91, said the country has been "resolute in the face of adversity" following the tragic fire at a block of flats in London earlier this week and three terrorist attacks since March.

Elizabeth said that during recent visits to meet victims she had been struck by the inclination of people to offer comfort and support to those in need.

"United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss", it added. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, joined other members of the royal family at the annual Trooping the Colour parade in London. Historically, the only appropriate form of physical contact with royalty is a handshake - according to royal protocol.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing criticism for the government's handling of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, has met with 15 survivors and community leaders at her official residence at 10 Downing Street in London.

Around 70 people are missing, according to Britain's Press Association, and identification of the victims is proving very hard.

May was heavily criticised for visiting Grenfell Tower the day after the fire, but speaking only to fire and police chiefs rather than victims and survivors.

Commander Stuart Cundy of London Metropolitan Police says the death toll from the fire has risen to 58.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire. "Absolutely, she has the same degree of sympathy and horror at these events that we all have". She has also ordered 5 million pounds (6.4 million USA dollars) to be given to a relief fund to help victims of the fire. She has ordered a full public inquiry into the tragic incident, reports media.

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