Saturday 18 November 2017

Queen visits children recovering after Manchester Arena blast in hospital

Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Ruth Murrell, whose daughter, Millie, 15, was injured in the terror attack in Manchester earlier this week. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Amy Barlow, 12, from Rawtenstall, Lancashire, her mother, Kathy, and dad, Grant, during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to meet victims of the terror attack in the city earlier this week and to thank members of staff who treated them. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives for a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives for a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The British Queen visited a hospital where medics battled to save the lives of children caught up in the Manchester Arena suicide bomb.

She met victims at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, and staff who worked tirelessly through the night in the aftermath of Monday's atrocity.

Twelve children under the age of 16 - among the 64 casualties - were taken to the hospital by ambulance following the terror attack.

The Queen condemned the "wicked" attack during her visit.

She met scores of staff who had worked through the night, shaking hands and sharing words with many, before visiting a ward where four young girls who were injured in the concert blast are recovering.

The Queen told victim Evie Mills, 14, and her parents: "It's dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing."

Millie Robson, 15, was wearing an Ariana Grande T-shirt as she met and shared words with the royal visitor.

The Queen asked Millie, who suffered injuries to her legs, if she had enjoyed the concert before the attack - prompting the teenager to reveal she had won two VIP passes and met the global superstar backstage.

The royal described the atrocity as "very alarming" and wished Millie a speedy recovery.

"It's not something you expect at all," the Queen said to father David, who was waiting at the exit of the arena for Millie when the bomb exploded.

Evie, from Harrogate, had got tickets to the concert as a birthday present.

The monarch told the youngster she thought Ariana Grande was a "very good singer", adding: "She sounds very, very good."

She told Evie's parents that "everyone is united" following the attack.

One of the young victims, 12-year-old Emily Murrell, was forced to miss the visit as she received surgery.

Mum Ruth, who was also hit with shrapnel and is still recovering in hospital, said her daughter would be incredibly disappointed but spoke to the monarch in her absence.

Press Association

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