The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex observed a moment of silence on Thursday (June 14) in honour of the 72 victims who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago.
Seventy-two seconds of silence fell across the U.K. at midday, following a memorial service held at St Helen’s Church, located near the tower in West London. Many of those personally affected by the tragedy gathered for a private ceremony at the tower block.
The silence was observed at government buildings, the Houses of Parliament, and by the Queen and Meghan Markle during their royal visit to Chester. The monarch wore a lime-green outfit, which is believed to be a tribute to the Grenfell victims.
Green For Grenfell was a campaign launched by survivors group Grenfell United; last night the tower was among a dozen buildings which were lit up green to mark the anniversary.
The England football (soccer) team, who are currently in Russia for the World Cup tournament, also held a minute’s silence before today’s training session.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan laid wreaths at the service in North Kensington, which was also attended by singers Adele and Stormzy, who have been vocal supporters of the Grenfell victims.
A community mosaic was then unveiled at the base of the tower, followed by the reading of a passage from the Qur’an. Members of the local community then read out the names of the dead.
The public watched the ceremony from a giant screen outside nearby Kensington Aldridge Academy.
Meanwhile, celebrities paid their tributes on social media.