The Royal Family and Adele Mourn Grenfell Tower Victims at Memorial Service

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 16, 2017

The service reflected the multicultural character of the Grenfell community, with Christian and Muslim prayers and music from Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Western traditions.

Addressing the congregation, Bishop of Kensington Dr Graham Tomlin said survivors had faced a "long six months" and "far too many" were still living in hotels.

"Today we ask why warnings were not heeded, why a community was left feeling neglected, uncared for, not listened to."

British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service at St. Paul's Cathedral. Jeremy Corbyn, and members of the Royal Family were also in attendance.

Her daughter, 38-year-old Maria Jafari, said: "It's very, very hard".

Among the hundreds of bereaved relatives at the service was the family of Raymond Bernard, who lived in Grenfell Tower for more than 30 years.

"I hope there's words that will just echo and resonate, and say, "yes, there is empathy, there is humanity, there is hope for the world", because I think this service is the platform that can really start to change humanity depending on the right words and - it's a church, people of god - how they convey the message to mankind".

Her presence at the memorial triggered a backlash on social media, with some users suggesting that the British government has not done enough to find homes and offer support for the survivors of the blaze. Having them there provided comfort to the victims and families. "It's been nearly 6 months now, we must keep on talking about what is still not happening xx". Still (my mother) cries, every day, every second when we are talking about our father, all the memories come out again.

Investigators have promised it will be thorough and it is not expected to wrap up until at least 2019.

Thousands of people have marched to Grenfell Tower in complete silence to mark the six-month anniversary of the devastating fire. The official death toll stands at 71.

A choir of Muslim girls who had participated in local vigils also performed a song.

An audio montage of voices from the Grenfell area was played to the congregation.

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