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Prince William and Kate Middleton visit with families of of Grenfell’s victims

Prince William and Kate Middleton visit with families of of Grenfell’s victims

On the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, Prince William and Kate Middleton paid a visit to Grenfell Tower to meet mourners.

At the foot of the block, the Cambridges met with survivors and families of the 72 persons murdered in the fire.

The royals arrived in north Kensington before attending a multi-faith memorial service for those who died.

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They missed Prince Charles, Camilla, Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, and Zara Tindall’s appearance at Ascot to attend.

Their arrival occurred just hours after the victims’ names were read out at a memorial service.

Crowds gathered at Westminster Abbey this afternoon to memorialise those who died in the terror of June 14, 2017.

The congregation said in unison after each group of names was read aloud, “Forever in our hearts” – the motto inscribed over the top of the tower in north Kensington.

Among those in attendance were former Prime Minister Theresa May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Housing Secretary Michael Gove, and journalist Jon Snow.

The Most Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, opened the service by saying that the loss and agony “remain fresh and acute” as the congregation gathered “in sadness and in pain.”

“Here, we renew our commitment to memorialise those who have passed on,” he remarked.

“We meet as those seeking justice and a renewed commitment to ensuring safety in our homes, including safety in the event of a fire.”

“We assemble in faith and hope, looking forward to a better, safer, and more secure future, grateful for the assistance of the communities and individuals who have supported the bereaved and survivors over the last five years.”

It’s one of numerous gatherings planned today for Grenfell survivors and those who lost loved ones.

At 2 p.m., a 72-second moment of silence was observed at Westfield retail complex, followed by the names of the victims being read over the public address system.

The cordon around the tower will be removed later in the afternoon so that survivors and the bereaved can lay flowers.

In the evening, members of the community will take part in a silent walk beginning at the base of the tower, with firefighters from throughout the country forming a guard of honour.

“This week will be a painful week for everyone touched by the Grenfell Tower disaster,” Natasha Elcock, head of campaign group Grenfell United, said.

“The events of five years ago are still fresh in our minds, and our losses are still heavy in our hearts for many of us.”

“It’s been five years since the Grenfell Tower fire, and all London firefighters and fire control staff personnel send their thoughts and wishes to the survivors, friends and family of those who lost their lives in this appalling incident, the worst domestic blaze in living memory,” said Pete Wolfenden, a firefighter who responded to the blaze.

“We also remember the brave and courageous personnel of all emergency services who responded that night and in the days that followed, some of whom are still ill and bear the mental scars of that horrible occurrence.”

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