The royal family speaks out after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack

‘Hundreds of friends, parents, children and partners are confronting unimaginable grief today, and we send our thoughts to them all'

At least 22 people have been confirmed dead and over 100 injured following a terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday evening.

Taking place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena at 10.33pm, many of the injured are said to be children, with the youngest victim to be announced so far being eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos.

Since news of the tragedy broke, the internet has been awash with love and support from all over the world, with high profile figures sending their thoughts to those affected.

‘Our hearts go out to those killed and wounded in Manchester,’ announced Obama. ‘Americans will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the UK.’ David Beckham was another to voice his thoughts on Instagram, posting ‘Heartbreaking news from Manchester. As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me. My thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by this tragedy.’

The Queen released a statement yesterday, sending her thoughts to those affected and praising the emergency services, while condemning the attack as an ‘act of barbarity’.

‘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,’ the statement read. ‘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.’

The statement continued: ‘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.’

Prince William echoed his grandmother’s sentiments, releasing a personal statement from the Kensington Palace Twitter account.

 

‘Like everyone, Catherine, Harry and I are left shocked and saddened by the tragedy that unfolded in Manchester overnight,’ the statement read.

It continued: ‘Hundreds of friends, parents, children and partners are confronting unimaginable grief today, and we send our thoughts to them all. We also send our thanks to the people of Manchester for their display of strength, decency, and community that is an example to the world.’

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