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The Queen of the United Kingdom on Saturday led a solemn minute of silence in memory of the victims of a fire at a high-rise residential tower block in west London that left at least 30 people dead.

Coinciding with her 91st birthday, Elizabeth II joined the people gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to the victims of the blaze that erupted on Wednesday at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington.

She was accompanied by her spouse Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Previously, the monarch had released an unprecedented statement in which she said that the UK remained "resolute in the face of adversity," in reference to the terror attacks in Manchester and London, as well as the deadly fire.

"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," read the statement.

"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," it added.

The Queen, who on Friday visited some of the surviving residents of Grenfell Tower, said she had been "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need."

Some 70 residents of the fire-ravaged tower were still missing.

The London Metropolitan Police service said that there were likely no more survivors, which could further increase the death toll and bring it into triple digits.

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