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Today,Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitel, where survivors of the Manchester attack are being treated. She met a number of children who survived the traumatic incident and said to one of the girls ‘’It’s dreadful. Very wicked.’’ The Queen also admitted she thought Ariana Grande was a very good singer, saying ‘’She sounds very, very good.’’

She also thanked hospital staff who worked tirelessly to keep the children alive in the hours after the tragedy. Fourteen victims remain at the hospital, including five in critical care. 


Coronations of English Queens vs. Their Onscreen Depictions:

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her coronations robes (c. 1600-1610, copy of a lost original c. 1559) vs. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998).

Coronation portrait of Queen Victoria by George Hayter (1838) vs. Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria (2009).

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation (1953) vs. Claire Foy in The Crown (2016).


The Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attended the Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2, 2017. This was the Duke’s final public engagement as he “retires.” He still may make appearances with Queen Elizabeth at his discretion.  

Since 1947 he has done:

  • 22,220 solo engagements
  • 637 foreign visits 
  • 5,496 speeches 

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