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

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth). Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, after attending the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 17, 2017. The royals met with volunteers and local officials as well as firefighters and police officers.

"Today is traditionally a day of celebration", reads a message from the Queen released by Buckingham Palace Saturday morning.

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".

Prince William said that the tragedy was "one of the most bad things I have ever seen".

The Times newspaper headline "May takes cover" also used a sub-heading "Police protect PM as Grenfell death toll rises". The venue has been turned into an emergency shelter following the devastating fire that engulfed a 24-story apartment building, taking the lives of at least 17 people, with dozens still missing.

Her message concluded: "Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".

Demonstrators gather with placards outside the Department for Communities and Local Government in central London on June 16, 2017 to demand justice for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. "United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss".

In the fire's aftermath, the London Underground on Saturday suspended subway service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith on two lines at the request of the London Fire Brigade.

London's fire department says that the reason for the subway closure near the high-rise fire disaster is because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks".

The queen's actual birthday is on April 21, but she has an official birthday on the second Saturday in June, when the Trooping the Colour military parade - The Queen's birthday parade on Horse Guards Parade which displays the discipline of The British Army.

She said earlier that the national mood is sombre but that Britain is resolute in the face of adversity.

The government has promised a full public inquiry.

The Prime Minister is facing particular scrutiny over the role of her new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, who was housing minister until he lost his parliamentary seat in last week's election. Three women and three children died.

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