Prince William and his wife Kate met survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and those who lost loved ones today on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.
A private meeting took place between the royal couple and those directly affected by the disaster, Kensington Palace said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attend a multi-religious service at the base of the tower organized by campaign group Grenfell United.
The lacing was removed to allow survivors, bereaved families, and members of the community to gather at the tower for a seated service that includes prayers, readings, and choral performances.
The service will be streamed live to screens in the area for the wider community and public to watch.
Later, Kate laid a wreath of white flowers while William watched from just behind her, before both bowed their heads and stood for a moment of quiet contemplation.
A local resident said their presence was “huge” for the community and showed they shared “that sense” of sadness at the fifth anniversary.
Muna Hussain, mother of five, said her children attended the same school as five of those who died in the fire and her household was evacuated in the days that followed.
Ms Hussain, 50, added: “I was happy. I was happy to see that at least they know how we feel as a community and they share that feeling.
“It makes me very happy. It’s huge, it’s huge for us. It makes you feel better.’
Actor Tim Downie led the silence and said they would gather to remember the 72 “beautiful souls” who died five years ago – “everything they were and everything they could have been”.
He said: “At today’s service we honor the 72 innocent men, women and children, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and friends who have needlessly lost their lives.
“We must never forget them and carry them in our hearts forever.”
Hundreds of people associated with Grenfell Tower listened to a reading from the Koran at the memorial.
Christian prayers were also read by the Reverend Gerard Skinner of Notting Hill Roman Catholic Parish.
After the readings, the local Soul Sanctuary Choir began with a performance of Amazing Grace.
Prince William previously accompanied the Queen to meet those affected by the fire, including local residents and rescue workers, in the days following the June 2017 tragedy.
The Duke and Duchess most recently met Grenfell survivors during a visit to mark the launch of the National Emergencies Trust, of which the Duke is Patron, in November 2019.
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