On the night of June 14, 2017, Londoners watched in horror as the 24-story Grenfell Tower in North Kensington became engulfed in flames. Six days later, at least 79 people are dead or missing (and presumed dead). The search for bodies is expected to go on for many more weeks — an agonizing wait for families who have been torn apart from this sudden tragedy.
The city of London — and much of the world — has remained in mourning since the event, which followed both the Manchester and London Bridge attacks and preceded the most recent attack in Finsbury Park. But as is often the case with unexpected tragedies like this one, local communities always seem to come together to spread love and find simple moments of joy, despite their grief.
The British singer, 29, made a surprise appearance at Chelsea Fire Station on Monday, June 19. Wearing a sundress and minimal makeup, the mom of one showed up with no warning, very little fuss, and a bunch of cake.
According to fireman Rob Petty, who posted photos from the day on Facebook, Adele was “wonderfully grounded and caring” when she stopped in “for a cup of tea and a cuddle.” In a statement made by station manager Ben King, Adele made a very Adele-like entrance — catching everyone off-guard, in the best of ways.
“She just turned up at the station and knocked on the window and she said she has some cakes for us,” King shared. “We opened the door to her and she took her sunglasses off and said: ‘Hi, I’m Adele.’ Everyone was so shocked.”
This wasn’t the first gesture Adele has made in the wake of the tragedy, however. On Thursday — less than 24 hours after the fire — Adele visited the Grenfell Tower site, comforting and offering hugs to survivors. Wiping away tears, she was said to be overheard asking if anyone needed help. Her quiet presence no doubt provided some much-needed support to the devastated crowd, much of whom are still displaced after losing their home.
In addition to Adele and countless other celebrities and politicians, Queen Elizabeth has also made a point to lend her emotional support. On June 16, Her Majesty visited survivors and emergency service professionals along with Prince William. William (so much like his mom, the late Princess Diana) even made headlines for breaking royal protocol and hugging a devastated survivor. The following day, the even Queen led a minute of silence at Trooping the Colour, her annual birthday celebration.