Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry got together to release a statement addressing the fatal terrorist attack that took the lives of 22 on Monday and injured more than 100 at an Ariana Grande concert. Prince William penned the statement on behalf of himself, Kate, and his brother, Harry, and this heartfelt message didn’t have a hint of royalty about it.
William addressed the tragedy as any caring person would. He grieves for the children from a father’s perspective, and he grieves for the loss of young lives from his role as a brother and husband. The prince penned his thoughts as one of the masses would do, not as someone who lives in a palace and within just a few steps of being deemed the king.
There’s really no words to describe that deep pit of horror you feel over the children and young teens dying from a massacre of terror, but Prince William attempted to find those words to express how he, Kate, and Prince Harry feel today. The 22 people dead at the Manchester Arena were out to hear an iconic singer on a Monday night, but their lives ended when a suicide bomber decided it would, as reported by local News 9 today.
A message from The Duke of Cambridge following last night's attack in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/g8EWtuC2A8
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 23, 2017
This barbaric event took place as parents lined up to get their children from the concert and as the older teens were making their way out of the concert that just ended. The lights had gone on and Ariana Grande had just left the stage when a bomb went off. A suicide bomber pushed the button and sent sharp objects flying in every direction hitting anyone that was in its path. That bomb will change the lives of dozens upon dozens of people for the rest of their days. Moms and dads lost kids, grandparents lost grandchildren, and siblings lost sisters and brothers. The list goes on and on from friends, cousins, classmates, co-workers, and neighbors. This tragedy touched the lives of many.
The horror that went on at the Ariana Grande concert has not thoroughly processed in the minds of people around the world today. It is hard for many to wrap their head around such a cold-blooded senseless act. William, Kate, and Harry are like everyone else today, being thankful to God that their family is safe, but at the same time, they are grieving for those who mourn for their loved ones.
William writes, “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.” He also thanked all the people in the city of Manchester for their “display of strength, decency, and community.”
This horrific event was also addressed by the 91-year-old queen, who sent out a statement of her own today. She offered her “deepest sympathy” to all who lost someone in this “dreadful event.” She also thanked the people who jumped in to help, along with the first responders. The queen referred to this horrific event as an “act of barbarity.”
The New York Times reports that Britain has raised the terrorism threat to the highest level there is, which is “critical.” This means another attack is very likely imminent. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain said to the media today, “It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.” Soldiers were deployed to assist the law enforcement in the aftermath of this tragedy.
The Daily Mail is reporting that a girl who was only 8 years old died in this attack. Witnesses report how nuts and bolts went flying at great speed, tearing into anyone that was in the area. Those nuts, bolts, and other pieces of shrapnel were sent flying when the bomb was detonated. The suicide bomber detonated that bomb in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena just after the lights went on as the concert ended.
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