The Queen has said the country should be ‘resolute in the face of adversity’ following a succession of tragedies as she marks her official birthday with the Trooping the Colour today. 

In her birthday message she said it was ‘difficult to escape a very sombre mood’ in the UK, which was ‘united in sadness’ after recent suffering in London and Manchester.

Security was tight around Buckingham Palace and The Mall as the final preparations for the annual celebration started this morning. 

The Monarch arrived in an open horse drawn carriage with Prince Philip by her side as thousands turned out to watch the spectacle of might, splendour and precision. 

The Prime Minister normally attends the parade but Theresa May, who has faced criticism over her handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, was meeting with victims and campaigners at Downing Street.

The Royal family gathered on the palace balcony to greet the thousands of people who turned up to watch the ceremony 

The Royal family gathered on the palace balcony to greet the thousands of people who turned up to watch the ceremony 

The Royal family gathered on the palace balcony to greet the thousands of people who turned up to watch the ceremony 

Princess Charlotte and Prince George waited to watch the RAF flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony

Princess Charlotte and Prince George waited to watch the RAF flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony

Princess Charlotte and Prince George waited to watch the RAF flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony

The Queen arrived at her official birthday celebration on Saturday with Prince Philip by her side 

The Queen arrived at her official birthday celebration on Saturday with Prince Philip by her side 

The Queen arrived at her official birthday celebration on Saturday with Prince Philip by her side 

The Monarch arrived in an open horse drawn carriage with Prince Philip by her side as thousands turned out to watch the spectacle of might, splendour and precision

The Monarch arrived in an open horse drawn carriage with Prince Philip by her side as thousands turned out to watch the spectacle of might, splendour and precision

The Monarch arrived in an open horse drawn carriage with Prince Philip by her side as thousands turned out to watch the spectacle of might, splendour and precision

A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister is this morning chairing a cross-Government meeting to ensure everything possible is being done to support those affected by the Grenfell tragedy.

‘Afterwards, she will meet a group of residents, victims, volunteers and community leaders in No 10. The PM has sent her best wishes to HM Queen on the event of her birthday.’

Under blue skies and brilliant summer sunshine the Queen watched the centuries-old military spectacle of might, splendour and precision on Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII’s former jousting yard.

The Royal Air Forces' Red Arrows added to the glamour with a stunning flypast of Buckingham Palace 

The Royal Air Forces' Red Arrows added to the glamour with a stunning flypast of Buckingham Palace 

The Royal Air Forces’ Red Arrows added to the glamour with a stunning flypast of Buckingham Palace 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joked with their parents in the centre of the Buckingham Palace balcony as the rest of the royal family looked on 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joked with their parents in the centre of the Buckingham Palace balcony as the rest of the royal family looked on 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joked with their parents in the centre of the Buckingham Palace balcony as the rest of the royal family looked on 

Prince George waved to crowds from a Buckingham Palace window 

Prince George waved to crowds from a Buckingham Palace window 

Prince George waved to crowds from a Buckingham Palace window 

After listening to a rendition of the national anthem the family headed inside

After listening to a rendition of the national anthem the family headed inside

After listening to a rendition of the national anthem the family headed inside

The event is an important day in the Armed Forces' calendar where the families and friends of the officers and soldiers on parade, proudly watch the ceremony

The event is an important day in the Armed Forces' calendar where the families and friends of the officers and soldiers on parade, proudly watch the ceremony

The event is an important day in the Armed Forces’ calendar where the families and friends of the officers and soldiers on parade, proudly watch the ceremony

Prince Charles (left) and Prince William (right) took part in the parade on horseback and wearing bearskins 

Prince Charles (left) and Prince William (right) took part in the parade on horseback and wearing bearskins 

Prince Charles (left) and Prince William (right) took part in the parade on horseback and wearing bearskins 

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, were on horseback

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, were on horseback

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, were on horseback

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the annual Trooping the Colour parade

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the annual Trooping the Colour parade

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the annual Trooping the Colour parade

Camilla, Kate and Harry wave to the gathered crowds at the Trooping of the Colour, along the Mall in central London

Camilla, Kate and Harry wave to the gathered crowds at the Trooping of the Colour, along the Mall in central London

Camilla, Kate and Harry wave to the gathered crowds at the Trooping of the Colour, along the Mall in central London

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured peering out of a window as they watched the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh come back to Buckingham Palace

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured peering out of a window as they watched the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh come back to Buckingham Palace

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured peering out of a window as they watched the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh come back to Buckingham Palace

The event is an important day in the Armed Forces’ calendar and families and friends of the officers and soldiers on parade watch the ceremony.

But with the nation reeling from the Grenfell Tower block inferno and the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the Queen issued a message on her official birthday to recognise the sober mood in the country.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, visited west London on Friday after the deadly fire claimed the lives of at least 30 people in Grenfell Tower. 

This year, the Colour being trooped is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, identified by the shamrock decorating the collars of their scarlet tunics and the distinctive blue plumes of St Patrick in their bearskin caps

This year, the Colour being trooped is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, identified by the shamrock decorating the collars of their scarlet tunics and the distinctive blue plumes of St Patrick in their bearskin caps

This year, the Colour being trooped is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, identified by the shamrock decorating the collars of their scarlet tunics and the distinctive blue plumes of St Patrick in their bearskin caps

With the nation reeling from the Grenfell Tower block inferno that has so far claimed 30 lives and the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the Queen issued a message on her official birthday to recognise the feelings of many

With the nation reeling from the Grenfell Tower block inferno that has so far claimed 30 lives and the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the Queen issued a message on her official birthday to recognise the feelings of many

With the nation reeling from the Grenfell Tower block inferno that has so far claimed 30 lives and the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the Queen issued a message on her official birthday to recognise the feelings of many

The heat got too much for some of those on display

The heat got too much for some of those on display

At least three men had to be stretchered from the parade ring

At least three men had to be stretchered from the parade ring

The heat got too much for some of those on display and at least three men had to be stretchered from the parade ring 

As the ceremony came to an end the thousands in the stands were treated to the sight of the Blues and Royals and Life Guards from the Household Cavalry Regiment

In her birthday letter, the Queen said: ‘Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood.

‘In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.

‘As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events.

‘During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.’

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are pictured arriving at the celebration by Clarence House

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are pictured arriving at the celebration by Clarence House

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are pictured arriving at the celebration by Clarence House

Prince Philip arrives at the parade

Prince Philip arrives at the parade

Prince Charles and Prince William

Prince Charles and Prince William

In her birthday message the Queen said it was ‘difficult to escape a very sombre mood’ in the UK after recent suffering in London and Manchester. Pictured left is Prince Philip and right Prince Charles and Prince William 

Under blue skies and summer sunshine the Queen watched the centuries-old military spectacle of splendour marching on Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII's former jousting yard

Under blue skies and summer sunshine the Queen watched the centuries-old military spectacle of splendour marching on Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII's former jousting yard

Under blue skies and summer sunshine the Queen watched the centuries-old military spectacle of splendour marching on Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII’s former jousting yard

Huge crowds gathered along The Mall this morning to watch the Trooping the Colour 

Huge crowds gathered along The Mall this morning to watch the Trooping the Colour 

Huge crowds gathered along The Mall this morning to watch the Trooping the Colour 

The Prime Minister normally attends Trooping the Colour but Theresa May, who has faced criticism over her handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, was not seen at the event

The Prime Minister normally attends Trooping the Colour but Theresa May, who has faced criticism over her handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, was not seen at the event

The Prime Minister normally attends Trooping the Colour but Theresa May, who has faced criticism over her handling of the Grenfell Tower fire, was not seen at the event

The event, also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from her personal troops, the Household Division

The event, also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from her personal troops, the Household Division

The event, also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from her personal troops, the Household Division

After recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the Grenfell Tower disaster earlier this week, the monarch has acknowledged it might be a more sober affair than usual

After recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the Grenfell Tower disaster earlier this week, the monarch has acknowledged it might be a more sober affair than usual

After recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, and the Grenfell Tower disaster earlier this week, the monarch has acknowledged it might be a more sober affair than usual

Queen Elizabeth was helped out of her carriage by footmen

Queen Elizabeth was helped out of her carriage by footmen

The Monarch was greeted by guards as she joined the ceremony

The Monarch was greeted by guards as she joined the ceremony

Queen Elizabeth was helped out of her carriage by footmen and greeted by guards as she joined the ceremony 

The annual event is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from her personal troops, the Household Division, and it attracts crowds from around the world 

The annual event is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from her personal troops, the Household Division, and it attracts crowds from around the world 

The annual event is a chance for the Queen to inspect soldiers from her personal troops, the Household Division, and it attracts crowds from around the world 

Prince William will take part in the parade today and the Queen will take the salute

Prince William will take part in the parade today and the Queen will take the salute

Prince William will take part in the parade today and the Queen will take the salute

As well as officers, the colourful display features some 200 horses and 400 musicians

As well as officers, the colourful display features some 200 horses and 400 musicians

As well as officers, the colourful display features some 200 horses and 400 musicians

Armed officers patrolled outside the palace as crowds gathered to watch the annual celebration 

Armed officers patrolled outside the palace as crowds gathered to watch the annual celebration 

Armed officers patrolled outside the palace as crowds gathered to watch the annual celebration 

Security was tight around Buckingham Palace and the Mall as the final preparations for the annual celebration started this morning

Security was tight around Buckingham Palace and the Mall as the final preparations for the annual celebration started this morning

Security was tight around Buckingham Palace and the Mall as the final preparations for the annual celebration started this morning

The monarch visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people were killed following an Ariana Grande concert.

Her birthday letter said: ‘Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity.

‘United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.’

In the blistering temperatures a number of soldiers fainted in the heat

In the blistering temperatures a number of soldiers fainted in the heat

In the blistering temperatures a number of soldiers fainted in the heat

Around five men taken from the parade ground after being overcome by the sweltering conditions

Around five men taken from the parade ground after being overcome by the sweltering conditions

Around five men taken from the parade ground after being overcome by the sweltering conditions

In total 1,600 soldiers and 244 horses from the Household Division were on parade during the ceremony and only a few weeks ago some of the servicemen were on the streets of London, supporting the Met Police on Operation Temperer

In total 1,600 soldiers and 244 horses from the Household Division were on parade during the ceremony and only a few weeks ago some of the servicemen were on the streets of London, supporting the Met Police on Operation Temperer

In total 1,600 soldiers and 244 horses from the Household Division were on parade during the ceremony and only a few weeks ago some of the servicemen were on the streets of London, supporting the Met Police on Operation Temperer

It was first trooped in slow then in quick time past the monarch with the Guardsmen in their bearskins and scarlet tunics marching with precision movements 

It was first trooped in slow then in quick time past the monarch with the Guardsmen in their bearskins and scarlet tunics marching with precision movements 

It was first trooped in slow then in quick time past the monarch with the Guardsmen in their bearskins and scarlet tunics marching with precision movements 

In total 1,600 soldiers and 244 horses from the Household Division were on parade during the ceremony and only a few weeks ago some of the servicemen were on the streets of London, supporting the Met Police on Operation Temperer in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester.

The Colour being paraded on Horse Guards this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

It was first trooped in slow then in quick time past the monarch with the Guardsmen in their bearskins and scarlet tunics marching with precision movements.

In the blistering temperatures a number of soldiers fainted in the heat, with around five men taken from the parade ground after being overcome by the sweltering conditions.

Apparently keen to make a point, George began hitting the balcony ledge as he turned to speak to his father, while Charlotte watched more patiently under the eye of her mother, pointing up as the Red Arrows flew over leaving their signature red, white and blue trails (pictured)

Apparently keen to make a point, George began hitting the balcony ledge as he turned to speak to his father, while Charlotte watched more patiently under the eye of her mother, pointing up as the Red Arrows flew over leaving their signature red, white and blue trails (pictured)

Apparently keen to make a point, George began hitting the balcony ledge as he turned to speak to his father, while Charlotte watched more patiently under the eye of her mother, pointing up as the Red Arrows flew over leaving their signature red, white and blue trails (pictured)

As helicopters flew over, Prince George waved enthusiastically, and his two-year-old sister followed his lead. All the young royals craned their necks to watch as the larger planes flew past

As helicopters flew over, Prince George waved enthusiastically, and his two-year-old sister followed his lead. All the young royals craned their necks to watch as the larger planes flew past

As helicopters flew over, Prince George waved enthusiastically, and his two-year-old sister followed his lead. All the young royals craned their necks to watch as the larger planes flew past

Princess Charlotte and Prince George waved to planes from the Buckingham Palace balcony as the RAF performed their fly-past.

As the Royal Family gathered on the balcony following the Trooping the Colour parade, Charlotte, carried by the Duchess of Cambridge, pointed into the crowd, while George looked unimpressed as he rested his face in his hands.

As helicopters flew over, Prince George waved enthusiastically, and his two-year-old sister followed his lead. All the young royals craned their necks to watch as the larger planes flew past.

Apparently keen to make a point, George began hitting the balcony ledge as he turned to speak to his father, while Charlotte watched more patiently under the eye of her mother, pointing up as the Red Arrows flew over leaving their signature red, white and blue trails.

After listening to a final rendition of the national anthem the family headed inside, but not before a customary royal wave, which Charlotte eagerly joined in on. 

The Queen meets local residents at the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16 which has claimed at least 30 lives

The Queen meets local residents at the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16 which has claimed at least 30 lives

The Queen meets local residents at the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 16 which has claimed at least 30 lives

The Queen’s birthday letter came after she visited families affected by the fire. 

Her Majesty and Prince William were met with applause when they dropped in to an emergency shelter in West London on Friday morning.

The royal visitors met volunteers, local residents and community representatives while visiting Westway Sports Centre in White City. 

Prince William talked emotionally about the inferno which has claimed the lives of at least 30 people and described it as ‘one of the most terrible things I have ever seen’.

While talking to Penny Appeal charity worker Taksima Ferdous, 31, from east London, The Queen said, ‘You have been incredible, please keep continuing,’ and Prince William shook her hand to say thank you. 

 The Queen shook hands with emergency workers at the Westway Sports Centre in White City

 The Queen shook hands with emergency workers at the Westway Sports Centre in White City

 The Queen shook hands with emergency workers at the Westway Sports Centre in White City

The Queen and Prince William meet police and the fire brigade

The Queen and Prince William meet police and the fire brigade

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Westway Sports Centre, London, which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Westway Sports Centre, London, which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster

The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge were visiting the sports centre, which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster

The Duke of Cambridge reassured a devastated local, telling him that he would return

The Duke of Cambridge reassured a devastated local, telling him that he would return

The Duke of Cambridge reassured a devastated local, telling him that he would return

The visit was slightly tarnished by a desperate local who shouted, ‘What about the children?’, at the Queen and Prince William as they left, but The Duke held his hand up in a calm manner and told the man not to worry, reassuring him that they would return.

Prime Minister Theresa May also finally met survivors of the horrific blaze on Friday, but was booed and jeered as she rushed past under a police guard. 

So far 30 people have been confirmed dead but this number looks set to rise.  

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