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

Trooping of the Colour ceremony begins with minutes silence for Grenfell Tower victims

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

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

The Queen continued: 'As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events.

In a statement released on Thursday by the Queen and husband Prince Philip, they sent their "thoughts and prayers" to "families who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire and the many people who are still critically ill in hospital".

Queen Elizabeth II and senior royals have marked her official birthday in the annual Trooping the Color celebration.

As many as 70 people are still missing, according to local residents and media reports, though the police haven't confirmed that number.London's fire brigade expects it to take weeks, even months, to search the block's 24 precarious floors.

British health authorities say they are still treating 19 patients, 10 of whom remain in critical condition after the London high-rise fire.

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

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"You have my absolute assurance that as soon as I can tell you something that I know to be accurate I will tell you".

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

Earlier, emergency services spent a third day searching for bodies in the burnt-out tower in North Kensington. In a letter to May, he listed a litany of residents' concerns, including a lack of information about missing relatives, the chaotic response of the local council and worries over safety in other tower blocks. It may take longer than that.

Despite security trying to usher him into the waiting auto, William turned back and said: "I'm so sorry, I have to go but we'll be back".

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.

She also outlined the government's plan for handling the situation and investigation.

Many are demanding answers for how the blaze spread so quickly. The inquiry will be open and transparent.

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.

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