The Queen and Prince William pay tribute to victims of Manchester terror attack

By Gemma Strong

The Queen and other members of the British Royal Family have released heartfelt statements following the terror attack in Manchester.

In a note released by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (May 23), the monarch said: "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. 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.

"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. ELIZABETH R."

Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen expressed her "deepest sympathy" to those affected by the Manchester attack

The Queen's grandson Prince William also released a statement on behalf of himself, his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry.

"Like everyone, Catherine, Harry and I are left shocked and saddened by the tragedy that unfolded in Manchester overnight. 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," said the future king.

Twenty two people have been confirmed dead and 59 injured after a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena following Ariana Grande's concert on Monday night. British Prime Minister Teresa May expressed her anger over the cowardly act, saying, "All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people. But this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening, cowardice – deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives."

Prime Minister Theresa May
Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "senseless" act of terrorism

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Mrs May said the bombing in Manchester was one of the worst terror attacks ever in the UK and the worst in the north of England. "We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage," she said. "But we can continue to resolve to thwart such attacks in future. To take on the ideology that often fuels this violence. And if there turn out to be others responsible for the attack to seek them out and bring them to justice."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Canada's Justin Trudeau also offered his condolences

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Justin Trudeau also offered his condolences. "Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack on Manchester tonight," he said on Twitter. "Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts."

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