Queen Elizabeth Makes Surprise Visit to Hospitalized Manchester Victims

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On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to spend time with some of the victims of the horrific terrorist act at Ariana Grande's concert earlier on this week. Not long after Britain fell silent for a minute at around 11:20 a.m., the queen surprised children who were injured due to the attack. The monarch called the suicide bombing "dreadful" and "very wicked." 

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According to the Telegraph, the queen made sure the children and their parents knew that "everyone was united" following the tragedy. When speaking with a 14-year-old who received the concert tickets as a birthday present, she said, "It's dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing." Queen Elizabeth also said that she thought that Ariana Grande was a good singer. "She sounds very, very good," she commented. 

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The queen also spent time with Millie Robson, a 15-year-old girl who wore an Ariana Grande T-shirt, and her parents. Robson said that she had won VIP passes and met the singer backstage. She wished her a speedy recovery and said, "It's not something you expect at all."

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Queen Elizabeth's visit seemed to brighten the spirits of both the victims and the staff. Still though, the seriousness of what happened wasn't lost on anyone. "The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them," she was overheard telling a staff member. 

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Nothing will ever undo the horrific events that happened in Manchester, but hopefully the queen's visit and her support is offering the victims and their families a small amount of comfort. At this point, every little bit helps. 

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