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Britain Left ‘Sombre’ By London Tower Fire, Says Queen Elizabeth II

Manchester and on Friday met people affected by the tower block fire, in which at least 30 were killed.London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote a letter to May urging her to do more to help provide information to the families of the victims and that identification of those killed could be sped up if the authorities abandoned protocols used after a terrorist attack.Some 70 residents of the fire-ravaged tower were still missing.(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People demonstrate demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017. The fire continued for over 10 hours.Her visit followed protests over the deadly fire. The queen waved to the crowd, and then hesitated before getting into her vehicle.He told BBC radio that the inquiry would have interim reports and “we want the response to be as fast as possible”.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. This year, however, it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood, ” she said.”That’s why I came straight back to Downing Street and I ordered a public inquiry”.Addressing the British people on her official birthday, Queen Elizabeth wrote of a “very sombre national mood” following a “succession of bad tragedies” that have befallen the British people over the last number of months.Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy later clarified that 30 people had been confirmed dead, while another 28 remain missing and are presumed dead.Her message concluded: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity”.The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, stood silently on the steps of Buckingham Palace before the start of the Trooping the Colour that each year marks the queen’s official birthday, which is traditionally celebrated in June when the weather is warm. “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”, she added.”This was a bad tragedy that took place”, she said Friday.She said earlier that the national mood is somber but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity.Services on the London Tube railway line that runs above ground close to the tower were suspended Saturday due to the “short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks”, London Fire Brigade said.A lawyer for the family told CNN that Trevisan spoke with her parents before she died, telling them: “I am going to heaven.Government and ministers will cooperate fully”, she said.