The Queen of England has released an official statement following the devastating Monday attack in Manchester that left at least 22 people dead and more than 100 injured.
"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," Queen Elizabeth II wrote. "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," Her Royal Highness continued. "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."
The message was signed from "Elizabeth R."
The Duke of Cambridge released his own statement on Twitter hours later: "Like everyone, Catherine, Harry and I are left shocked and saddened by the tragedy that unfolded in Manchester overnight," he said. "Hundreds of friends, parents, children and partners are confronting unimaginable grief today, and we send our thoughts to them all."
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 23, 2017
Authorities are still piecing together details of the horrific incident, which occurred as concertgoers were exiting an Ariana Grande performance at Manchester Arena. Many, if not most, of the attendees were children and teenagers.
The investigation is considered a terrorist incident. It's believed that a suicide bomber detonated his device in the foyer of the arena just moments after Grande's last song of the night.
Just two months ago, in March 2017, London suffered a tragic attack at the hands of an ISIS militant. The 82-second massacre began when an armed man driving on the Westminster Bridge intentionally plowed into pedestrians walking on the bridge's sidewalk. He then exited the vehicle, ran toward Parliament and was shot dead by police.
Disclaimer: This story originally included a quote incorrectly attributed to Kate Middleton.
Reaction to explosion at Ariana Grande concert
Reaction to explosion at Ariana Grande concert
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight.
Sending love to everyone involved. H
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND
My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love.
Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande 🙏🏾
Stunned by the news coming in from the UK… my thoughts are with the fans and families at Ariana’s Manchester show. Awful
Just saw the news about Manchester... Our hearts are breaking 💔 Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew.
Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show
My prayers are with you Manchester
Deeply saddened by the tragic events in Manchester. Our thoughts are with everyone affected. 🇬🇧
Sending love to those affected in Manchester.
No one should go to a concert and never come home 💔
Absolutely tragic news. Thoughts going out to those in Manchester. https://t.co/PVnDneYZRQ
I'm in shock really I feel like I can't do anything but hold back tears bc my internet daughter @ArianaGrande ...don't know what to tweet
💔stay strong Manchester💔
Pure evil. Pure cowards. https://t.co/EdzlqTHChj
Just left Manchester this afternoon and now am seeing all this chaos going on from NYC. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone there. ❤️
What is happening in Manchester is absolutely terrifying. Praying everyone effected has found safety and hope Ariana is okay :( Jesus
I'm just hearing about the bombing in #Manchester my thoughts and prayers are with you all
Tragic news out of Manchester, England. So very sad. My thoughts are with those affected by these explosions.
Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx
my heart aches & my head spins for the hurt ones in Manchester. so devastating it had to happen in a place of love & music and sharing. 💔😭💔
I am truly so sorry about what has happened in Manchester tonight. Unthinkable events. All my love to the families affected.
I’m devastated to hear about the tragedy in Manchester tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families
My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this