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Queen's 'thoughts and prayers' with Grenfell Tower victims

The Queen also said it was 'heartening' to see the generosity shown by the community. Credit: PA

The Queen has said her "thoughts and prayers" are with the families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and the many others affected by the tragedy.

A statement said: "My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire and the many people who are still critically ill in hospital.

"Prince Philip and I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of firefighters and other emergency services officers who put their own lives at risk to save others.

"It is also heartening to see the incredible generosity of community volunteers rallying to help those affected by this terrible event."

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PM called Queen on Monday about early election plan

Theresa May's election move comes just over nine months after the Queen formally invited her to become prime minister. Credit: PA

Theresa May rang the Queen on Monday to formally confirm her plans to seek an early election on June 8.

The prime minister's spokesperson revealed the call was made as he confirmed the PM's bid for an early vote had received the full backing of the Cabinet.

He also said the timetable for Brexit negotiations would be unaffected by the June 8 vote.

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