'Trooping the colour' in London for queen's official birthday

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", Britain, Queen Elizabeth II said on Saturday in a message to mark her official birthday, following a deadly fire in a London tower block and several terrorist attacks. The emergency services expect to find no more survivors.

Queen Elizabeth II, 91, and her grandson William had visited the centre together to see survivors, meet victims' families and rescue workers who were affected by the scorching flames.

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

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

Amid the turmoil of militant attacks, political crisis and a deadly fire disaster, Queen Elizabeth said Britain was in a deeply sombre mood but that its people were resolute in the face of adversity.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch said in a message on her official birthday.

"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".

The Queen, who on Friday visited some of the surviving residents of Grenfell Tower, said she had been "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

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Accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, the Queen visited Grenfell Tower in west London yesterday after the deadly fire claimed the lives of at least 30 people in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In a television interview, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

But besides the drive to help survivors, the sense of anger was palpable on the streets, and not just at the town hall.

Another demonstration took place outside Downing Street office, while hundreds of mourners later gathered near the tower for a candlelight vigil.

First Secretary of State Damian Green, May's deputy, said the prime minister was "distraught" and shared "the same degree of sympathy and horror" as everyone else.

One of the victims was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother and was studying civil engineering.

Seven Moroccans are among the dead, the north African country's foreign affairs ministry said.

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