The Queen made an unannounced visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital today, to visit the victims of the Manchester attack, on the same day she made a visit Duchy of Lancaster properties in Staffordshire.
Her Majesty arrived at the hospital around 11:20 a.m., shortly after the nationwide minute’s silence in honour of the victims – to the surprise of the hospitalised patients and staff.
“The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them,” she told one member of the staff, as she chatted to doctors, nurses and other medical staff who assisted following the attack on Monday at an Ariana Grande concert.
Her Majesty is meeting nursing staff, paediatric doctors & surgeons who are treating victims & supporting their families in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/KAYcbhnQJ6
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 25, 2017
The Queen told 14-year-old Evie Mills and her parents, “It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing,” She then went on to say that “everyone is united” in the aftermath of the bomb.
It seems the Monarch could even be a fan of Miss Grande’s, as she commented the pop star was a ‘very good singer’.“She sounds very, very good.”
Another teen receiving treatment there was Millie Robson, whom Her Majesty wished a speedy recovery.
From Manchester, it was to Staffordshire for The Queen, where she was scheduled to visit Duchy of Lancaster properties.
The Duchy of Lancaster is a private estate owned by the Sovereign held since 1399. She wore her Duchy brooch for the occasion, which features a silver feather and gold lion standing on a blue banner, which reads ‘Sovereyne’.
Her Majesty visited her tenants at Eland Lodge Farmhouse, Draycott-in-the-Clay near Burton-on-Trent, where she was treated to some horse racing in the spring sunshine. Four riders from the local pony club completed eight jumps in front of the Monarch, which she said looked fun.
At Lower Castle Hayes Farm, The Queen chatted to more tenants, learning about how the farm is run.