Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry and Adele Attend Somber Grenfell Tower Remembrance
Adele joined Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday to mark the six months since the inferno that killed 71 people
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry joined Prince Charles in leading the tributes and memorials to the victims of the horrific Grenfell Tower tragedy.
On Thursday, the royals attended the official remembrance service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to honor the 71 people that died in the inferno on June 14.
Kate, 35, in navy hat and dark coat, arrived with William, 35, and Harry, 33, shortly before Charles, 69, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Grammy winning singer Adele — who has been active in supporting victims and rescue workers since the blaze, raising money through her Wembley Stadium performances earlier in the summer by asking concertgoers to donate to her Grenfell Tower fund — was in attendance too, wearing a dark top and jacket.
Thursday’s multi-faith 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 during the recovery efforts. These include emergency services, the recovery team, community response, public support, and volunteers.
The memorial also marked the six-month anniversary of the tragedy. The local member of Parliament called it a “day of national mourning.”
“It was lovely to have the support for the royal family for the day,” Jane Gang, 57, who lives in the neighborhood and has friends who were affected by the tragedy, tells PEOPLE. “Harry and William obviously had to go through a massive amount of emotions when their mother died at such a tender age, so it was very moving to see them in the Cathedral.
“There were lots of graceful moments and it was the royals who kept their regal presence when they came through the crowd and everyone in the Cathedral really appreciated that.”
Members of the royal family have made several visits to the community to show their support for the ongoing efforts to help those affected by the tragedy and also praise the emergency workers who stepped in so bravely and swiftly on the night and the immediate aftermath.“The Archbishop of Canterbury hit the right tone when he said we were all under one roof in the hope that we could come together and move forward,” Gang adds. “The presence of the royal family helped us to do that. Thank goodness Diana and Charles had William and Harry, because they have produced two such handsome, strapping boys. They were somber and respectful and hit the right tone straight away.“They are young royals and it’s important that they are at that age. It’s good for those who are new to being in Britain, or for younger second generation kids, just so they can see them and look up to them. They provide a fresh hope for the future and seem to have very sensible heads on their shoulders.”
Earlier this week, the Duchess of Cambridge helped out with a pre-Christmas party at a local community center which has been supporting young people and families who were affected by the fire.
Queen Elizabeth and William also made a visit to the site of the fire on June 16. And William, Kate and Harry’s Royal Foundation has also set up a community hub to continue the ongoing help for the local people.
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In August, Adele treated children who survived the tragic event to a private screening of Despicable Me 3.
“It was a complete surprise that Adele was there, and the atmosphere was intimate and warm,” Jane Gang, who attended the screening along with her son Boulevard, 8, told PEOPLE. “She dressed casually and was in the foyer to meet and mingle with the children. She came alone. She sat among some of the children in the row in front of ours and giggled along with the great comedy of Despicable Me 3. It was very elevating and laughter filled the theater.”
“Adele is a truly compassionate Londoner and the presence and warmth she expressed towards the children was remarkable,’ Gang continued of the songstress. “She is a huge inspiration to young girls and to all people in general. She jumped straight in to help others — and not just as a one off. She is continuing her support for the victims of Grenfell so they really do get the help and support they need to get their shattered lives back on the road.”