Saturday, 17 June 2017

Queen marks sombre 91st birthday as Grenfell Tower fatalities rise to 58

The Royal family gathered on the palace balcony to greet the thousands of people who turned up to watch the ceremony 
The Queen officially turned 91 today but like most Brits the mornach was in no mood to celebrate. After visiting survivors of the inferno on Friday and showing great emotion, the Queen said the country should be 'resolute in the face of adversity' taking into consideration the quick succession of tragedies that have befallen the country lately.
In her birthday message during  a low-keyed Trooping the Colour today, she said it was 'difficult to escape a very sombre mood' in the UK, which was 'united in sadness' after recent suffering in London and Manchester.
Security was tight around Buckingham Palace and The Mall as the final preparations for the annual celebration started this morning. 
The Monarch arrived in an open horse drawn carriage with Prince Philip by her side as thousands turned out to watch the spectacle of might, splendour and precision. 
The Prime Minister normally attends the parade but Theresa May, who has faced criticism over her handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, was meeting with victims and campaigners at Downing Street.
58 people are presumed dead in Grenfell Tower disaster
Also today, Met Police commander Stuart Cundy said a total of 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower blaze.
Those 58 people are missing and presumed dead in the fire, he said.
Mr Cundy said the official death toll remains at 30, while the other 28 people are presumed to be dead.
He said: ‘Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead.’

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