Friday 20 October 2017

Queen tells injured children attack was 'very wicked'

Britain's Queen Elizabeth visited survivors of the attack in Manchester Picture: REUTERS/Richard Stonehouse/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth visited survivors of the attack in Manchester Picture: REUTERS/Richard Stonehouse/Pool

Alan Martin

The Manchester attack was "very wicked", Queen Elizabeth told children injured in the bombing as she visited them in hospital

The 91-year-old monarch visited Evie Mills (14), Millie Robson (15), and other youngsters recovering from severe shrapnel wounds at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

"It's dreadful. Very wicked, to target that sort of thing," the queen told Evie and her parents.

Millie, wearing an Ariana Grande T-shirt, told the queen she had won VIP tickets to the pop star's Monday night concert at Manchester Arena and been injured in the bombing attack after the end of the show. The teenager said she felt fortunate to have survived. "I have a few, like, holes in my legs and stuff, and I have a bit of a cut, and my arm and just a bit here, but compared to other people I'm quite lucky really," she said.

The queen broke her normal custom of wearing a matching outfit by visiting the children in a blue coat topped with a jaunty orange hat - as if to try to lighten the gloom. Elizabeth told Millie she thought Ariana Grande was a "very good singer," adding: "She sounds very, very good."

Millie was one of 12 children under the age of 16 taken to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital by ambulance after the blast that killed 22 people and the suspected bomber.

She said she was walking toward the exit to meet her father when the bomb went off. She remembers the explosion, an intense ringing in her ears, and people screaming. Millie didn't know it right away, but she was bleeding badly from her legs. "My dad ran over to me and picked me up and then like, we tied jumpers (sweaters) and stuff around the main wounds in my leg," she recalled. "He just picked me up and we ran outside and then a lot of paramedics outside and strangers were just helping us, really."

Her father, David Robson, was with his partner and was waiting for Millie, when the explosion happened.

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