Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge have attended a memorial service for the victims of the Grenfell fire at St Paul’s Cathedral. Also in attendance was Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Royals were joined by Prime Minister Theresa May as well as Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. They were joined by over 1,500 guests including survivors, family members, and first responders.
The fire claimed the lives of 53 adult and 18 children as it tore through a tower block in Kensington. It took 24 hours to bring the fire under control.
The service was to mark since months since the tragedy occurred. The service thanked the first responders as well as the community and volunteers who helped in the aftermath of the fire.
The Dean of St Paul’s Sir David Ison opened the service before a minute silence took place. He said that “We come together as different faiths as we remember those whose lives were lost.”
He said that we should “be united in the face of suffering and sorrow.”
When the service ended, survivors and the victim’s families left the cathedral holding white roses.
Clarrie Mendy, who lost her cousin and her cousin’s daughter said that the memorial was “what the community needs, what the survivors day.”
She hoped that everybody would get something from the memorial service.
In the days after the disaster, many members of the Royal family visited rest centres and first responders.
The Queen visited volunteers and rescuers to hear personal accounts of the disaster. At the time, she was joined by The Duke of Cambridge.
The Queen paid her respects to both the “bravery” of the firefighters, as well as meeting those affected by the blaze face-to-face.