On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II traveled to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in order to meet the victims of the terror attack that happened on Monday in the northern English city, as well as salute the hospital staff for their tireless efforts during the last three days.
Twenty-two people perished and more than a hundred were injured in the attack that took place after an Ariana Grande performance at the city’s Manchester Arena.
The tragedy happened when a 22-year-old suicide bomber called Salman Abedi detonated a bomb moments after the show had concluded. It has been confirmed an eight-year-old girl was among the victims.
According to reports, most of the music fans attending the concert were underage. Among others, the British monarch spoke to Millie Robson, 15, Evie Mills, 14, and Amy Barlow, 12. According to Mail Online, while speaking to Evie, a schoolgirl from Yorkshire, and her parents, the Queen said: “It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing.”
Queen Elizabeth also expressed her gratitude to the hospital staff and paramedics for their tireless work in saving children’s lives during the hours following the tragedy.
Whilst at the hospital in Manchester, The Queen spoke to 12-year-old Amy Barlow, from Rawtenstall, and her mum, Kathy. pic.twitter.com/nzYPo5cgu3
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 25, 2017
“It’s not something you expect at all,” the Queen said to father David Robson, who was waiting at the venue’s exit for his daughter Millie when the bomb exploded.
The monarch’s visit came shortly after people across the United Kingdom observed a minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims. It is estimated millions of people joined in the symbolic gesture of solidarity with those murdered and injured in the attack and their families.