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

The Queen mets firefighters at a rest centre near the tower yesterday

Elsewhere, the Queen also awarded PC Keith Palmer, the on-duty police officer killed in the Westminster attack, a George Medal as part of the Civilian Gallantry list, as part of her honours list.

Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday led a solemn minute of silence in memory of the victims of a fire at a high-rise residential tower block in west London that left at least 30 people dead.

The British capital was also struck by a terrorist attack earlier this month, in which eight people died when three attackers drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and then went on a stabbing rampage.

In addition to Trooping the Colour, there will be a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London and a 11-gun salute in Windsor Park. The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very sombre mood" on what is normally a day of celebration. British health authorities say that 19 patients are still being treated at four London hospitals.

Some 70 residents of the fire-ravaged tower were still missing.

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Prime minister Theresa May did not visit the wreckage until Friday (local time) and had to leave nearly immediately as angry protesters hurled abuse at her.

No matter how much you love your Nan and enjoy celebrating her birthday with a tray of finger sandwiches, a strawberry trifle and a sherry tipple, come 4pm on a Saturday afternoon, boredom inevitably strikes.

Rescue personnel have had difficulty reaching the top floors of the charred, 24-story tower.

Dozens of volunteers have set up makeshift clothing stores and supermarkets for the victims, with Londoners coming in droves to donate to the cause. This year, however, it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood.

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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