With the world reeling after the deadly attacks that left 22 dead and more injured at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night, Queen Elizabeth II visited young victims in hospital to show her support.
The monarch looked sombre but in good form as she made rounds at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, meeting and speaking with victims, their families and the professionals who are helping them.
“It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing,” Her Highness told 14-year-old Arianator, and victim of the attack, Evie Mills, and her parents. The Queen also said that Ariana Grande was a “very good singer” and that she “sounds very, very good,” which is probably just what a young fan would want to hear.
Evie, who had been given tickets as a birthday present, was one of 12 children under the age of 16 who were hospitalized following the blast at the Manchester Arena—five of them are still in critical care.
The 91-year-old monarch also spent time thanking medical staff who’ve been caring for the victims,. “The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them,” the Queen told one of the workers.
Her visit is certainly helping to spread an overall message of strength and unity after such a horrific event. “Everyone is united,” she told Evie’s parents. And those words couldn’t be more true.