London fire: Queen offers prayers for families and tribute to rescuers

The Queen has paid tribute to the "bravery" of firefighters who have battled the Grenfell Tower fire.

She also praised the "incredible generosity" of volunteers offering their support to those affected.

Queen: My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire

Queen: My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones in the Grenfell Tower fire

In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the Queen 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."