Queen Elizabeth Holds Minute's Silence For Victims Of London Attack

Ebony Scott
June 21, 2017

A second protest began later at Britain's Home Office, which oversees fire prevention and policing nationally.

The death toll is at least 30.

In her official birthday message on Saturday the Queen said that amid the turmoil of militant attacks, political crisis and a deadly fire disaster Britain was in a deeply sombre mood but that its people were resolute in the face of adversity. Their search for missing residents has been stalled because of safety concerns over the tower's condition.

She told BBC Newsnight the government was doing all it could to help.

A visit Friday to a local hospital, and the promise of a public inquiry, far from assuaging that anger.

Cundy said the images and video of the scenes inside the Grenfell Tower would be released on Sunday, adding "We will not do that until we have contacted all the families we are supporting to let them know that's our intention".

The Queen and her grandson Prince William paid a visit to an emergency shelter to meet survivors of the tragedy.

"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies", the Queen wrote.

"People have lost their lives and others have lost everything".

The royal appearance was much appreciated by the majority of people at the site, many of whom say they feel neglected by the government.

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The names of those who died are beginning to emerge.

Later, hundreds of mourners stood arm in arm at a vigil and held a two-minute silence for victims of the fire.

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

Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower. May was jeered after she made a visit to the community Friday.

Asked about the reaction of the crowd, Mrs May defended the government's response.

Despite security trying to usher him into the waiting vehicle, William turned back and said: "I'm so sorry, I have to go but we'll be back. We need to find out precisely what cladding was used and how it was attached". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also visited the site to commiserate with victims.

On Thursday, the first victim of the fire was named as Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, 23.

The fire broke out shortly before 01:00 BST on Wednesday.

The police pledging to figure out if there are criminal acts of negligence behind the fire.

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