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

Residents who spoke to CNN were angry at the Prime Minister's decision not to meet with victims when she initially visited the area.

She also said that more staff will be made available to residents to help offer advice and support as well as requesting daily reports on the housing situation.

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With many unaccounted for, the area surrounding the tower has been plastered by distraught relatives with pictures of the missing, from grandparents to young children.

Earlier this week, the duchess visited victims of the London terror attack at King's College Hospital.

There was mixed reaction over her taking her time to visit victims of the fire and to hear their stories.

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 bad things I have seen".

Protesters stand in the lobby of Kensington town hall in west London, the headquarters of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

In a television interview, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood.

So hoorah for her Majesty the Queen, who praised the country for dealing so well with the Manchester bombing, the London attacks and the tower block tragedy - hailing our collective "toughness and generosity of spirit".

She celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official one which usually falls on the second Saturday in June.

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding so disgusting affected by injury and loss".

The anger on the streets of London's North Kensington has been growing since the fire. "Prince William shook my hand and said 'thank you.' They both encouraged us, the volunteers, to continue with the work that we are doing".

Manchester and on Friday met people affected by the tower block fire, in which at least 30 were killed. The British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund for the victims.

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. "We do not want another fatality arising out of this tragedy", he said.

  • Arturo Norris