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

Buckingham Palace released the message, which said it was "difficult to escape a very sombre national mood" after the tragedies.

"In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

Saturday marks Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday - her actual 91st birthday was April 21 - but the reigning monarch said it's hard to be in a celebratory mood in light of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding so disgusting affected by injury and loss".

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

In a statement released on her official 91st birthday, she said that while the day was traditionally a celebration, "it is hard to escape a very sombre national mood".

On Friday June 16 the Queen, alongside Prince William, met survivors of the Grenfell Tower blaze as they visited a refugee centre in West London.

Scarred by three deadly Islamist militant attacks and a tower block fire that killed dozens in London, Britain is also grappling with a political crisis that has left Prime Minister Theresa May weakened on the eve of Brexit talks. Her aides, however, insisted that she was as horrified as anyone by the tragedy, in which police say 58 people are presumed dead, including the 30 already confirmed deaths.

Elizabeth has been queen since 1952.

The Guardian's front page reported: "Protesters boo PM and march to Downing Street". It brought traffic in central London to a halt. "Absolutely, she has the same degree of sympathy and horror at these events that we all have". A series of inquiries have been ordered into incident, as well as review of fire safety measures in similar multi-storey blocks in London and elsewhere.

More than 3 million pounds ($3.8 million) have been raised for the victims, and the British government has announced a 5 million-pound ($6.3 million) emergency fund.

  • Leroy Wright