Resplendent in a bright blue coat and an orange hat, the Queen thanked staff at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester today for their work following the May 22 bombing. According to Daily Express royal reporter Richard Palmer, the visit was not made public until Her Majesty's arrival for security reasons.
"The awful thing was that everyone was so young," the Queen was overheard telling one member of hospital staff, according to the Daily Mail. Her Majesty also applauded staff, volunteers and the community as a whole for "coming together."
The Queen also met with the injured victims, 12 of them under the age of 16, who were being treated at the RMCH.
"It's dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing," Her Majesty remarked during a conversation with Evie Mills, 14, and her parents. Evie had received tickets to Ariana Grande's concert as a birthday present, and the Queen spoke briefly to the teen about the pop idol.
The Queen's visit followed a moment of silence held in the city, after which the crowds sang "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Manchester's own Oasis:
There's been some chatter on social media about the appropriateness of the Queen's wardrobe color in these situations, but the Queen's aim is to lift the mood. "I have to be seen to be believed," she once famously said.
Watch more of the Queen's visit below.