Queen reflects on 'sombre national mood' on official birthday

The Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George

On Friday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited the Westway Sports Centre in London, which has served as an emergency rescue center for victims of the nearby Grenfell Tower fire.

Queen Elizabeth II has spoken regarding the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London, England. She added that "this was a bad tragedy".

The queen visited a shelter for victims earlier on Friday to speak with displaced residents.

The Queen of England has said the country has been "resolute in the face of adversity" following recent tragedies in London and Manchester. There have been 30 confirmed deaths, with the number expected to rise as more bodies are recovered from the building.

May had faced criticism for not meeting with survivors in the immediate aftermath, unlike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, visited the area and met residents and community representatives Friday.

May has ordered a public inquiry, to be chaired by a judge, into what is nearly certainly the worst fire in London since the World War II, with expectations the final number of dead will exceed 100.

Some 70 residents of the fire-ravaged tower were still missing.

She celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday is on 21 April.

The Queen's visit to a rest centre for evacuated families came 24 hours after the prime minister was criticised for not speaking to local families when she visited the scene.

"What I am now absolutely focused on is ensuring we get that support on the ground", she said. "This year, however, it is hard to escape a very somber national mood".

'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'.

May announced a £5 million package to help the victims, and promised to re-house a lot of them in the Kensington and Chelsea borough.

May's most senior cabinet minister, Damian Green, went onto national radio Saturday to defend the prime minister. "We need to make sure that actually happens".

One was Gloria Trevisan, 26, an Italian architect living in London because her family was having financial difficulties back in Italy.

The duchess rode in a carriage with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Prime minister Theresa May did not visit the wreckage until Friday (local time) and had to leave nearly immediately as angry protesters hurled abuse at her.



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