The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend memorial for Grenfell Tower fire victims

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a memorial service for the Grenfell Tower fire victims, which marked the fifth anniversary of the fire.

On 14 June, 2017, a fire broke out in the 24-story Grenfell Tower residential building in North Kensington, West London. A total of 72 people died and more than 70 others were injured.

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The memorial took place at the foot of Grenfell Tower and consisted of prayers, readings, and choir performances. Before the service, Prince William and Kate met with survivors of the fire and those who lost loved ones. Afterwards, they took part in the laying of wreaths and flowers for those who lost their lives.

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The event was made possible by Grenfell United, a group made up of survivors and people who lost loved ones in the accident. The members work to provide care for those affected and advocate for families to ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again.

The organisation previously held memorial services in 2018 and 2019 and facilitated visits to the site for the bereaved and survivors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In June 2017, the Duke of Cambridge accompanied Queen Elizabeth II to meet with those affected. He and wife Kate also met with Grenfell survivors in November 2019, during a visit to mark the launch of the National Emergencies Trust, of which William is patron.

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To this year's memorial, Kate wore a white midi dress that featured black buttons and a built-in belt. She paired it with black-and-white pumps, pearl-drop earrings and her sapphire and diamonds engagement ring, which she inherited from Princess Diana.

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