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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh lead minute’s silence from Buckingham Palace

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have led a minute’s silence from Buckingham Palace in memory of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire.

The 91-year-old Monarch led the nation in silence ahead of the annual Trooping the Colour parade which celebrates Her Majesty’s official birthday.

However, The Queen is aware that although today is supposed to be a day of celebration, the nation is still in mourning.

Early on Saturday, she released a statement to the nation, saying:

“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.

“As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. 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.

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


Grenfell Tower in Kensington set ablaze on Wednesday morning with around 600 people in the building at the time.

All of these people have now lost their homes and property, as well as family, friends and loved ones.

30 people are confirmed to have died, however, that number is expected to rise significantly. Around 70 people are thought to be missing, including those who have died.