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Summary

  1. About 1,500 people gathered at St Paul's Cathedral in London
  2. The fire, on 14 June, claimed 71 lives
  3. The Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the bereaved, survivors and rescue workers
  4. The service was held to remember the victims and give thanks to emergency workers
  5. Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Archbishop of Canterbury also attended
  6. Royal family members met families affected by the fire after the service

Live Reporting

By Megan Fisher, Julian Vaccari, Jennifer Scott, Joice Etutu and Tim Stokes

All times stated are UK

Grenfell victims remembered

We are bringing this live page to a close after today's memorial service at St Paul's Catherdral - six months after the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Thank you for following our updates. You can read the story of how the event unfolded by clicking here.

Steps of St Paul's
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'My mother cries everyday'

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Maria Jafari, who lost her father in the fire, told the Press Association: "It's very, very hard. Still she (my mother) cries, every day, every second when we are talking about our father, all the memories come out again. It's six months and it's still very hard for us.

"I wish nobody could have this in the whole life, in the whole world, I wish nobody would have to go through all these things."

Watch: 'Help us. SOS'

Clarrie Mendy, who came up with the idea of holding a national memorial service, says the government needs to "step up".

Grenfell fire survivors 'need help'

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Prince Harry comforts family

Maria Jafari, 38, and her family met Prince Harry at the end of the service.

Harry told her mother, Fatima Jafari, 78, that she must have been very proud of her daughter, who addressed the congregation. He congratulated her for taking part.

Mrs Jafari began sobbing as she remembered her husband, who was 82 when he died. The prince asked an interpreter: "Just tell her I am so incredibly sorry for her loss."

Lammy writes to PM over public inquiry

Labour MP David Lammy, whose friend died in the fire, says he has written to Theresa May about the public inquiry.

He said he had urged her to make sure that those in power are held to account, as there is still distrust from survivors and bereaved families.

Mr Lammy also called for a panel of advisers to be appointed to help the chairman of the inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, and warned that it "must leave no stone unturned".

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WATCH: Girls choir at Grenfell memorial

The Salvation Army remembers

More pictures from the steps of St Paul's

Tributes
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Tributes
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Tributes
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'May we never forget what happened at Grenfell.'

Families remember loved ones

The service has now ended and the Royal family have left.

But relatives of the victims and some of the survivors remain. They are now gathering on the steps of St Paul's with pictures of those who died.

Grenfell
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Grenfell banner kept for monthly vigils

The specially made Grenfell banner, featuring a green heart, will be kept for future remembrance services.

The banner, designed to look like a London Underground sign, will be displayed during the the monthly vigils held by the community, which happens on the 14th of every month.

Grenfell banner
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'Your pain is our pain'

Royals to meet Grenfell families

The Royal family members are now moving on to meet some of the families affected by the fire and those who lost loved ones.

Camilla
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Kate
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Harry
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Remembering the victims

The names of the 71 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire.

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'My heart is broken all over again'

Piecing together the timeline of the Grenfell Tower fire

Graffiti tributes
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In July, the BBC pieced together a picture of what happened as the fire took hold on 14 June.

The timeline uses interviews with survivors, witnesses and relatives of the missing, as well as video footage, gathered on the night and in the immediate aftermath.

Every person’s recollection of a traumatic event is unique, and memory can sometimes be unreliable but the story gives an insight into what people in Grenfell Tower faced that night.

Green hearts tribute

School children scatter green paper hearts as the choir sings Somewhere from the musical West Side Story.

For many survivors, the image has become a symbol for the tragedy.

Green hearts
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Homeless figures from Grenfell

A total of 395 households were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, according to the BBC's social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan.

Focusing purely on Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk, 196 households were accepted as homeless after the tragedy.

As of 30 September, 132 households with 261 children were living in temporary accommodation and 109 of those households, including 210 children, were in hotels.

'Today is about love, unity and remembrance'

Graphic shows where Grenfell victims lived

Graphic of where victims lived
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The graphic does not include Victoria King, 71, and her daughter Alexander Atala, 40, who also died in the blaze. Details of where they lived have not been released.

'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen

Members of the Ebony Steel Band, some of whom live near Grenfell Tower, play "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.

Ebony Steel Band
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'Multi-faith event' at St Paul's Cathedral

A viewer tweets in her thoughts from home.

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Prayers 'to heal memories'

Reverend Alan Everett, of St Clement and St James in North Kensington, said he prayed for "all who are scarred by the horrors of the fateful night".

"May all our memories be healed".

Letters to loved ones

'Grenfell will be a symbol that showed us a better way to live'

'Determination and solidarity'

'Remembering a fellow student'

What happened at Grenfell Tower

Emergency services were called to the fire at the block of flats in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea just before 01:00 BST on Wednesday 14 June.

The fire is believed to have started on the fourth floor and spread quickly.

Grenfell Tower
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A total of 65 people were rescued from the building by firefighters. Some residents appear to have moved to the upper floors to escape the flames, only to become trapped in the flats of friends and neighbours. Twenty-one people died on the top floor of the tower block.

The blaze was not brought under control until 01:14 BST on Thursday - 24 hours later.

Read a visual guide to what happened here.

Kensington charities join tributes

'The families want a service from the council'

Professor Chris Imafidon says he knows of 20 people who were made homeless by the Grenfell fire and have been let down by the local authority.

He said: "It is a very sad day. But the families want a service from the council, not a church service.

"This is just a big distraction from the fact that six months on - many families are still homeless and will be spending Christmas in a hotel."

Professor Chris Imafidon
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'Time to learn to listen and love'

The Bishop of Kensington tells the congregation is "time to learn to listen and to love".

Dr Graham Tomlin says the memorial is an assurance to families and those most deeply affected by this tragedy that they are "not forgotten" by the nation.

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Inside the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower
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Ten adults and five children lived on the 21st floor of Grenfell Tower.

Nine of them survived the fire, but six - and one unborn baby - perished.

Find out about their lives in the tower and their experiences of the night of the blaze here.

Firefighters 'survival guilt'

Six-year-old gives pocket money to victims

The Bishop of Kensington recalls a story from the days after the fire.

Dr Graham Tomlin says he was approached by six-year-old Alfie who wanted to give his pocket money to those who had lost their homes as a result of the disaster.

He says the reaction and support of the community and the country offered a "glimpse of what society could be like".

'Remembrance, Community and Hope'

"Far too many... living with uncertainty"

Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, said there were still "far too many" survivors living in hotels and "living with uncertainty".

"The evening of 13 June was an evening like any other in London," he said. "It had been a hot day and the sun went down on a calm and gentle night.

"Yet that night was to change the lives of so many. Since then, it has been a long six months. Many still struggle with their memories."

But he said the aftermath saw "something extraordinary" as people from across the capital came to help.

"We saw acts of simple but remarkable generosity," added Dr Tomlin.

Watch: The key moments as the fire spread

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The Victoria Derbyshire programme's reporter Jim Reed looks at the key moments as the fire spread.

'God Willing'

A choir from an Islamic faith school are now singing a song called "Inshallah" - the Arabic phrase for "God Willing". The choir is made up of 30 girls, all aged between nine and 11.

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Who were the victims?

Grenfell fire victims
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Seventy-one people died when the fire engulfed Grenfell Tower in the early hours of 14 June.

Learn more about them here.