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London fire: Queen appears close to tears as she meets Grenfell Tower residents

The Queen visiting Grenfell Tower

The Queen appeared close to tears as she visited a rest centre helping those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. She and the Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, local residents and community representatives at Westway Sports Centre, close to the charred remains of the building in west London. Her Majesty looked teary-eyed as she was shown around after being greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa, with the shell of the tower block visible in the distance behind them. Yesterday, the Queen visited survivors, first responders and volunteers in north Kensington, where dozens have lost their lives after a fire ravaged Grenfell Tower. In recent weeks she has also visited children who were bombed at an Ariana Grande concert as they recovered in hospital, while the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended the scenes of terror attacks at Borough Market and Westminster, and visited the injured at their bedsides. The Queen, who appeared deeply affected by those in mourning at Grenfell Tower, spoke ahead of Trooping the Colour, the spectacular pageant through London which is usually a highlight of the Royal calendar. She does not usually issue a message on her official birthday, but used the moment to speak to a nation rallying around those in “desperate need”. She said: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.” “As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need. Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.” “United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

The Queen's Message

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