'Trooping the Color' in London for Queen's Official Birthday

Wednesday, 21 Jun, 2017

Britain is in "sombre" national mood but that its people remain resolute in the face of a succession of bad tragedies, the Queen said today.

In her official birthday message a day later, the queen addressed the latest tragedy to hit the nation.

On Friday June 16 the Queen, alongside Prince William, met survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze as they visited a refugee centre in West London. Her aides, however, insisted that she was as horrified as anyone by the tragedy, in which police say 58 people are presumed dead, including the 30 already confirmed deaths. Cundy says it is likely to continue rising.

Toronto Fire officials spoke out after the Grenfell Tower inferno to assure residents that protections in the Ontario Building Code and routine fire safety inspections will prevent a similar incident here.

The tragedy has provoked a big response from nearby communities that have donated food and shelter to the victim.

There were also indications that political groups had joined protests that spread beyond those immediately affected by the fire.

Three appeals on the JustGiving site have helped to raise the 3 million pounds, and London's Evening Standard newspaper has launched a separate appeal that has raised at least 1.5 million pounds ($1.9 million) by Saturday morning.

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.

Many wept openly as candles illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, yards from the site of the blaze.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Elizabeth, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, said in a message on her official birthday.

The British royal family celebrated Queen Elizabeth's 91st birthday at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on Saturday - but all eyes were on the little Prince George and Princess Charlotte throughout the event.

The government has promised a full public inquiry, but that has done little to a sense of frustration at the lack of information about how the fire moved so quickly to engulf the building.

Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace".