The Queen has today made a rare public appearance to visit the young victims of Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.
22 people were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated in the foyer of Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
The 91-year-old monarch spent time talking to children and their families in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital along with thanking medical staff for their tireless work.
“It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing,” Queen Elizabeth told one of the victims, 14-year-old Evie Mills.
She went on to say that “everyone is united” following the attack which was the worst act of terrorism Britain has seen since the 2005 London bombings.
Surprisingly, the pair also spoke about 23-year-old singer Ariana Grande with the Queen saying she is “a very good singer.”
The Queen, who was wearing a vibrant blue coat and floral orange hat, also expressed shock that children were targeted, telling hospital staff that “the awful thing was that everyone was so young.”
Twelve children under the age of 16 were taken to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the attack. Five of those remain in critical care.
This isn’t the first time the Queen has given her support to victims of terror attacks. She visited London hospitals after the 7/7 bombings and even gave comfort to soldiers injured in the Second World War.
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