Queen praises a country 'resolute in the face of adversity'

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In a reversal of the situation 20 years ago, when prime minister Tony Blair showed the Royal Family how to acknowledge public grief after the death of Princess Diana, the Queen now seemed to lead the way for May with her short statement, which also marked 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", she said.

But there was public support for Queen Elizabeth, who declared a "sombre national mood" after the inferno and recent terrorist attacks.

Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Prince William visited a community centre on Friday where some of the survivors are being housed, and where volunteers have been inundated with donations of clothes and food.

They also made an appearance on the steps of Buckingham Palace for during the annual Trooping the Color Procession, a ceremony held in celebration of the Queen's birthday.

May was criticised for avoiding locals when she visited the burnt-out shell of the 24-storey tower on Thursday and faced cries of "Shame on you" and "coward" when she returned the following day. Corbyn said that if the government has any reason to believe specific tower blocks could be at risk, residents should be rehomed in the local area immediately, while these checks take place. Residents of the apartment tower, part of the Grenfell Action Group, had expressed concerns regarding the safety of the high-rise, which is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

Police have opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the blaze.

There was nothing to suggest the fire was started deliberately, police said. A team of senior detectives is investigating. No sprinkler system was installed.

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

The names of those who died are beginning to emerge. She then inspects the troops, riding past them in a carriage.

Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a refugee who fled Syria for the United Kingdom in 2014, was identified as another victim.

Omar, 25, survived, but the brothers were separated as firefighters tried to rescue them from the burning building early Wednesday.

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.

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".

Barwell had told lawmakers that the government meant to review fire safety standards following a fatal fire at Lakanal House, a London high-rise in 2009.

The government has promised a full public inquiry. Exterior paneling helped the fire spread.

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