The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge were greeted with applause as they visited a relief centre near the Grenfell Tower tragedy Friday morning.
According to The Sun, Her Majesty and Prince William appeared emotional as they spoke with volunteers, survivors and response teams at the Westway Sports Centre, which has been housing individuals who have found themselves homeless after the disaster. It’s “one of the most terrible things I have ever seen,” he shared.
In response to one distressed resident who asked the Royals, “What about the children? Queen? Queen? What about the children?”, Prince William could be seen calmly pointing at him. “I’ll be back,” the Duke said. The man was waving a poster of children who have yet to found, the Mirror reports.
The visit comes one day after the Queen praised the “bravery” of firefighters, rescue teams, and the “incredible generosity” of volunteers who worked tirelessly since a fire engulfed the West London apartment building.
“My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire and the many people who are still critically ill in hospital,” she said in a statement released on Thursday. “Prince Philip and I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others.
“It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this terrible event,” she added.
Fire ripped through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington neighbourhood of London Tuesday night. A total of 30 people have been confirmed dead, with officials expecting the number to rise beyond 100 as they continue to search for residents.