Queen notes "sombre national mood" as she praises Britain's strength in adversity during her birthday message

Rebecca Smith
The Queen met those involved in the Grenfell Tower fire including firefighters
The Queen met those involved in the Grenfell Tower fire including firefighters (Source: Getty)

The Queen has praised Britain's strength during adversity after meeting those who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, noting "it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood".

In a message to mark her official birthday, she said: "Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies."

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The Grenfell Tower fire, which has claimed the lives of 30 people, has led to the Prime Minister ordering a full inquiry into the tragedy.

It comes after the London Bridge terror attack on 3 June where eight people were killed, the Manchester bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in May where 22 people lost their lives and the March Westminster attack, where there were five victims.

Policeman Keith Palmer who was murdered in the Westminster attack has been awarded a posthumous bravery medal by the Queen. His George Medal recognises actions that "saved lives".

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Her official birthday message followed protests yesterday over the Grenfell Tower fire which has killed at least 30 people, as people stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall calling for help for those left homeless immediately.

The Queen also visited a rest centre for evacuated families yesterday, after the Prime Minister faced criticism for not speaking to local families when she visited the scene.

The Queen's birthday message said:

Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.

During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.

United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear of favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.

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