Earlier in this week, she condemned the Manchester attack as ‘very wicked’ as she visited young survivors as they recovered in hospital. And today the Queen, 91 years old, put on another show of solidarity with the families devastated by the suicide bombing, which killed 22 and injured at least 119 people, by attending the church service at Crathie Kirk in Balmoral to pray for those affected. The monarch was joined by her son Prince Edward and his 13 years old daughter Lady Louise, to whom she is especially close. Despite the solemnity of the occasion, the Queen brought a breath of fresh air wearing a bright pink coat trimmed with white and a matching hat too. Edward looked smart for church in a tweed jacket and tie, while Lady Louise was also in her Sunday best, a white blouse and blue cardigan, teamed with a plaid skirt. Earlier in this week Her Majesty made her feelings about the atrocity very clear as she spoke to injured schoolgirl Evie from Harrogate, Yorkshire at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. ‘It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing’ she told. She also thanked hospital staff and paramedics who worked tirelessly to keep the children alive in the hours after the tragedy, and told them of her shock, telling ‘The awful thing was that everyone was so young.’
Millie Robson, from Co Durham, who was wearing an Ariana Grande concert t-shirt in her hospital bed, said the Queen how she had met the pop star backstage before the event after winning VIP passes in a competition. She was on her way to meet her father, David, at the arena exit when the bomb was detonated. Addressing David, the Queen told ‘It’s not something you expect at all’ and described the atrocity as ‘very alarming’. On Tuesday, the Queen released an unusually strongly worded statement condemning to the attack.
‘The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care and I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity’ she said.