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

Ahead of the parade, the Queen released a statement that addressed the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London Bridge, and the fire at Grenfell Tower, an apartment block in West London that killed scores of residents, including children.

The royals spent around 45 minutes exchanging words with first responders, local residents and community representatives.

LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II and senior royals have marked her official birthday in the annual Trooping the Color celebration.

The queen, sporting a royal blue ensemble, met with volunteers, local residents and community representatives throughout their visit, as William reportedly called the tragedy "one of the most awful things I have seen".

The fire in the block in west London burned for hours, and authorities fear that the official death toll of 30 is likely to rise, with numerous dead unlikely ever to be identified.

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. Around 70 people are reportedly still missing.

The message concludes, "Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets firefighters near the scene of the the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 16, 2017. "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".

A fire department spokesman said crews are working to secure the debris so that two subway lines could be reopened as soon as possible.

The Queen's statement has been well-received with many commentators pleased the 91-year-old has referenced the somber mood of the country at present.

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.

In her official birthday message a day later, the queen addressed the latest tragedy to hit the nation.

London's fire department says that the reason for the subway closure near the high-rise fire disaster is because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks".

While the political fallout from the tragedy continues, the names of those who died are beginning to emerge. "I will help you from up there".

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