The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service.
Grenfell Tower survivors and families of the bereaved made the request to hold the service. The Cathedral and the Bishop of Kensington worked closely with residents to create a service that best remembered those that were lost and offered support and hope to those that survived as well as those mourning loved ones and friends.
The service was designed to remember those who died, to show solidarity with the bereaved and survivors, and to give thanks for everyone who assisted on the ground at the time of the tragedy and since, including emergency services, the recovery team, community response, public support, and volunteers. One of the primary aims, and the reason for televising the service, was to enable the nation to stand together with those directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire and together express hopes for the future.
You may remember that just days after the disaster the Queen and Prince William visited devastated survivors. William described the fire as “one of the most terrible things I have ever seen”. The Royal family paid a number of visits, meeting families and organisations who have been there every step of the way. The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry established Support4Grenfell, an emotional support hub in North Kensington to provide additional mental health resources for the community affected by the fire. The partnership of charities offers a range of support, counselling and advice for children, young people, parents and families. On Tuesday, Kate visited the Rugby Portobello Trust who played a pivotal role in the aftermath, establishing a New Homes Team to support residents in their new accommodation.