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LONDON — The Queen used her message on her official birthday to reflect of the tragedies that have engulfed the country over the last few months.
The Queen highlighted the "very sombre national mood" following the Grenfell Tower fire that has killed at least 30 people and injured dozens of others, as well as the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
"Today is a traditional day of celebration. This year, however, it is very difficult to escape a very sombre national mood."
"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."
Here is her full statement that was posted on Twitter:
A message from The Queen on Her Majesty's Official Birthday. https://t.co/vaKt5qj7IZ pic.twitter.com/Tv7t9aB3PV — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 17, 2017
The Queen and Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, residents and community representatives earlier this week at the Westway Sports Centre.
There was mixed reaction over her taking her time to visit victims of the fire and to hear their stories. Some applauded her for visiting victims despite Prime Minister Theresa May's representatives saying she could not meet Grenfell residents due to security concerns:
Theresa May : "I couldn't speak to residents of Grenfell Tower because of security concerns"The Queen : "Hold my crown..." https://t.co/dCyLo55G8a — Adam