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Queen Drops by Hospital to Visit Bombing Victims

She tells one teen the Manchester attack was 'very wicked'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2017 1:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Queen Elizabeth brought smiles to the faces of victims of the terror attack in Manchester when she made a surprise visit to a hospital Thursday. "It's dreadful, very wicked, to target that sort of thing," she told one 14-year-old victim lying in a bed at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. When the teen explained that she'd received tickets to see Ariana Grande for her birthday, the 91-year-old queen revealed that she, too, is a fan of the pop star, reports People. She is a "very good singer. She sounds very, very good," she said.

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A mother injured in the blast as her daughter attended the concert told the queen that the mother of one of her daughter's friends had been among the 22 killed, per ABC News. "It just means such a lot that you've come today," she told the queen, per the Telegraph. In a statement, the queen—who also met with hospital staff—expressed her "deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event." She added, "the whole nation has been shocked." (Read more Manchester stories.)

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