On Friday, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William visited the Westway Sports Centre in London, which has served as an emergency rescue center for victims of the nearby Grenfell Tower fire.
While there, the royals met with volunteers, local residents, emergency services members and community representatives.
An emotional Prince William described the tragedy, which claimed the lives of at least 30 people on Tuesday night, as “one of the most terrible things I’ve ever seen.”
“The Queen said to me ‘You have been incredible, please keep continuing,'” charity worker Taksima Ferdous said of the visit. “Prince William shook my hand and said ‘thank you.’ They both encouraged us, the volunteers, to continue with the work that we are doing. They were thanking us, I think they are grateful. I was overwhelmed just to speak to her, my heart was racing.”
While the death toll stands officially at 30 right now, it’s feared that the number will rise significantly as workers search through the charred building. Around 70 people are reportedly still missing.