Queen Elizabeth II, Accompanied By Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Visits the Grenfell Tower Fire Victims, Appears Teary Eyed After Being Shown Around The Site and Meeting With the Victims

During a visit to the rest center helping those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, the Queen, Queen Elizabeth II appeared close to tears. In this session, we will learn about her visit and her reaction and response to the Grenfell Tower fire incident.

The Visit From Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, local residents, and community representatives at Westway Sports Centre, close to the charred remains of the building in west London, on Friday.

Source: Daily Mail (Queen Elizabeth meets with the victims of Grenfell Tower Fire)

The Queen looked plaintive as she was shown around the fire incident sites, after being greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa.

Dressed in blue, Her Majesty also stopped to speak to the local residents who had gathered outside, looking visibly upset.

Likewise, she and Prince William also met the volunteers who coordinated the effort at the center, in front of tables stacked with donated goods.

Grieving cries were heard from inside of the main hall of the rest center. Evacuated families and locals have been gathering and consoling one another there.

Some short distance away, the royal visitors met helpers from the Red Cross and its chief executive Mike Adamson.

Response From the Royal Members

Prince William commented to one volunteer, who spoke about the fire,

“Things like that you never want to see.”

The Duke told another volunteer,

“That’s one of the most terrible things I have ever seen.”

A strong campaigner on mental health, Prince William also said it was important that those affected talked about the trauma they had witnessed.

Source: Mirror (Prince William broke with royal protocol to comfort a grief-stricken survivor looking for her husband)

Loubna Aghzafi, a local resident, told the Duke of Cambridge that many people with whom she had spoken to were not yet able to share their experiences. To that he replied,

“They may want to eventually. They must talk about it.”

The Queen went on to apprehend about how the community had mustered in the aftermath of the fire and praised those who had come together. She also added that their response had “come over very strongly“.

More on the royal visit

The Queen and Prince William signed a book of condolence in front of a wall plastered with missing posters describing those feared lost in the fire.

Later on, the crowds also lauded the members of the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police, and London Ambulance Service as they lined up. The royal dignitaries praised them for their gallantry.

Source: Daily Mail (The Queen with Firefighters)

As the Queen and William left, a man holding a poster of two siblings who have been missing since the fire, called out to the Duke to go over, to which, William responded that he had to leave, but went on to shout,

“I will come back, I will come back.”

Aghzafi, who has been helping to transliterate for the Moroccan families caught up in fire, said,

“Sometimes they need to tell me their stories. Sometimes they just need me to sit and listen. And Sometimes you need to be active and help with clothes, with connecting them to the council.”

When she raised concerns about the mental health implications of the tragedy to Prince William, the Duke suggested a charity she could contact.

Short Bio of Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II is the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession. These are Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. More Bio…