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

The Queen meets members of the community affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower

The Queen meets members of the community affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower

She said it was "difficult to escape a very sombre mood", in a message released nearly two months after she celebrated her actual birthday.

Troops parade for the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The queen traditionally celebrates her official birthday in June when the weather can be balmy rather than in April, the month of her actual birth. This year, however, it is hard to escape a very' sombre national mood.

An emotional Prince William described the tragedy as "one of the most awful things [he's] ever seen".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth walks past missing person posters during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre following the fire at the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. "As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events".

The queen marked her official birthday on Saturday by saying Britain remains "resolute in the face of adversity" after the horrendous fire and recent extremist attacks in London and Manchester.

Elizabeth said that during recent visits to meet victims she had been struck by the inclination of people to offer comfort and support to those in need.

She also met victims of the Manchester bombing being treated in hospital following the attack after an Ariana Grande concert in which 22 people died in May.

He said he heard stories that "breaks my heart", but urged the community to stay calm.

THE Queen has praised the country's toughness and generosity of spirit over recent weeks in a message on her official birthday.

On 22 March a terrorist killed four people using a hired vehicle on Westminster Bridge before stabbing PC Keith Palmer to death in the courtyard outside the Houses of Parliament.

Speaking about the honour, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, said: "He paid the ultimate price for his selfless actions".

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