Queen says UK has been 'resolute in face of adversity'

Pauline Gross
June 18, 2017

Coinciding with her 91st birthday, the British monarch joined the people gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the victims of the blaze that erupted on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, Efe news reported.

May was criticised for avoiding locals when she visited the burnt-out shell of the 24-storey tower on Thursday and faced cries of "Shame on you" and "coward" when she returned the following day. "During her reign, The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour every year except 1955 when it was cancelled because of the National Rail Strike".

After visiting Manchester and London after attacks or disasters, she said: "I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support for those in desperate need".

'As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire.

The Metropolitan Police in London stepped up security Saturday around Buckingham Palace and Whitehall, with thousands of people heading to the area to watch the traditional birthday celebrations, known as Trooping the Color.

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified. Police say 58 people at the tower are now confirmed or presumed dead.

Authorities fear that all the victims of the horrific fire may never be identified since bodies are charred beyond recognition.

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"You have my absolute assurance that as soon as I can tell you something that I know to be accurate I will tell you".

Cundy also mentioned that his "heart goes out to those affected". It being said that building is not yet safe for rescue work and emergency services in most floors of the apartment. It may take longer than that.

"And we'll make sure that takes place as soon as possible to get to the bottom of this". The reason we had to pause the search and recovery yesterday was for the safety of our staff. She then released a statement.

She said the disaster was an "unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country".

"Victims have concerns their voice will not be heard, that their many questions about this tragedy will not be answered".

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she and Pope Francis discussed the need to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the USA withdrawal and her aim to "bring down walls", and not build them.

Other reports by GizPress

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