Prime Minister invites children affected by Grenfell to special Downing Street reception

Children and their relatives were invited to Downing Street for a special reception. Credit: ITV News

Between 40 and 50 children affected by Grenfell fire - including those who live nearby - met the Prime Minister on Tuesday evening.

A private reception was held for them and their families at Downing Street ahead of the first anniversary of the tragedy this Thursday (June 14th).

Local resident Judith Zacharias (centre) with her children Soliana and Alexander outside 10 Downing Street in London. Credit: PA

Among those attending was Judith Zacharias (centre) with her children Soliana and Alexander.

"We had friends who we had known for quite a long time who we saw every day on the school run. It was heartbreaking to know they had passed away in this terrible tragedy. We're here to pay tribute to their lives and we are very sad."

Tuesday's meeting comes after Theresa May admitted that she will 'always regret' not meeting survivors sooner.

The prime minister paused in reflection after placing a wreath outside St Clement's Church. Credit: ITV News

On Monday, ITV News filmed Mrs May as she made an unannounced visit to Kensington, first attending a memorial service at St Clement's Church before breaking fast at the Al Manaar mosque.

Elsewhere, a 24-hour vigil begins on Wednesday for the 72 people who died.

The event is being held at St Clement James church in Kensington with prayers being said throughout the early hours.

It will end at 6pm on Thursday night, where a silent march will take place, as it has done on the 14th of every month since last June's tragedy.