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

19 June 2017

Asked on Newsnight whether she had misjudged the public mood over the tragedy, she said: "This was a bad tragedy that took place".

The fire forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children from the 120-apartment building.

Cundy also mentioned that his "heart goes out to those affected".

"This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried ('trooped') down the ranks", the family's official Instagram account said in a message captioning a photo of the monarch with Prince Philip, her husband of 70 years. This year, however, it is hard to escape a very' sombre national mood.

May chaired a government task force on the disaster at 10 Downing Street early Saturday before meeting a delegation of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders at her office. Emergency workers have reached the top of the 24-story tower.

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"Both myself and colleagues from London Fire Brigade have already said it will take weeks".

She said her visits to London and Manchester -- the latter the site of a terror attack last month - have highlighted the people who offer comfort and support those affected.

She told BBC Newsnight the government was doing all it could to help.

Service on two London Underground lines has been partially suspended because of concerns about the safety of the high-rise in the fire that killed at least 30 people.

Commander Stuart Cundy of London Metropolitan Police says the death toll from the fire has risen to 58.

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Queen Elizabeth typically spends her second "official" birthday giving out knighthood honors to worthy subjects that make the British Empire proud.

Some 30 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the blaze, though the actual number is expected to end up much higher, with scores of people still missing.

Unfortunately, Prime Minister Theresa May has been losing a lot of popularity lately, and her cancellation of Queen Elizabeth's speech is seen as a tactic for the PM to retain power. 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.

May has announced a judge-led inquiry into what happened, and on Friday promised £5 million ($6.4 million, 5.7 million euros) for emergency supplies, food and clothing.

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

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Many wept openly as candles illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, yards from the site of the blaze.