It’s not every day that you’re lying in a hospital bed recovering, only to look up and see The Queen of England hovering at the end of your bed.
But that’s exactly what happened to injured Ariana Grande fans at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Thursday when Queen Elizabeth paid those well enough to see her a visit.
Twenty-two people lost their lives when Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena as crowds were leaving the US pop singer’s concert on Monday. More than 100 others were injured, some critically.
The Queen spoke with staff who were on duty that night, the victims and their families, before telling 14-year-old Evie Mills from Harrogate that Grande sounds “very, very good” and a“rather remarkable girl”. It’s hard to imagine Her Majesty rocking out to a bit of “Dangerous Woman”, but the sentiment was there.
She also spent time chatting to Amy Barlow, 12, from Rawtenstall and Millie Robson, 15, from County Durham. Millie had won VIP tickets to the gig and met Grande backstage.
A minute’s silence to remember those who lost their lives was held at 11am, with mourners gathered in Albert Square, Manchester, breaking out into a spontaneous rendition of “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Manchester band Oasis.