Queen Elizabeth II leads minute of silence for fire victims


The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States and Josef Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union.

"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". The reason we had to pause the search and recovery yesterday was for the safety of our staff.

Services on the London Tube railway line that runs above ground close to the tower were suspended yesterday, London Fire Brigade said.

Queen Elizabeth II, 91, and her grandson, 34, had made an emotional visit together on Friday to see the survivors, meet with victims' families and rescue workers who were affected by the inferno, which engulfed the Grenfell Tower in London.

The London Evening Standard reported that extra police would be on duty around the palace to ensure the area is secure following the London and Manchester attacks, with armed police marksmen positioned on nearby roof tops.Plain clothes police officers will also be mingling among the crowds to bolster the uniformed police presence. She addressed worries that victim's voices "will not be heard".

She stood for a minute's silence at the start of her birthday parade on Saturday.

NHS England says the injured are being treated in four London hospitals. At least 30 people were killed in the London apartment building blaze, with many more still missing.

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Londoners and others have also donated huge amounts of food, water and clothing, and shelter, to survivors. The public is also demanding answers about how the blaze spread so quickly amid reports that the recently-renovated building's exterior paneling fueled the flames. She has also ordered 5 million pounds (6.4 million US dollars) to be given to a relief fund to help victims of the fire.

The inferno Wednesday morning at the 24-story Grenfell Tower has led to community anger and protests over the government's response.

He said the probe would look at whether sprinklers should be retro-fitted to tower blocks and the government would "follow the recommendations of the public inquiry".

"It is hard to escape a very somber national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

The Queen's message continued: "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".

Between 50 and 60 people stormed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall as members of the public said the homeless needed help "right now".