THE Queen has praised the county's toughness and generosity of spirit over recent weeks in a message on her official birthday.
Amid the turmoil of militant attacks, political crisis and a deadly fire disaster, Queen Elizabeth said Britain was in a deeply sombre mood but that its people were resolute in the face of adversity.
The venue has been turned into an emergency shelter following the devastating fire that engulfed a 24-story apartment building, taking the lives of at least 17 people, with dozens still missing.
"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch said in a message on her official birthday.
The queen, sporting a royal blue ensemble, met with volunteers, local residents and community representatives throughout their visit, as William reportedly called the tragedy "one of the most bad things I have seen".
"During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need", the queen said.
The message concludes, "Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".
Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was the US President and Josef Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union.
The Queen said in her statement: "Today is traditionally a day of celebration".
At 91, she still regularly carries out official duties but has cut back on her number of engagements in recent years.
The Queen's official birthday is celebrated with the Birthday Parade, which is also known as Trooping the Colour.