The Queen described the attack as ‘very wicked’ when she visited young survivors at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital today.
The Queen, 91, spoke to Millie Robson, 15, Evie Mills, 14, and Amy Barlow, 12, who were among the 12 children rushed to the hospital after Monday night’s barbarism.
Speaking to Evie, a schoolgirl from Harrogate, Yorkshire, on the hospital ward, the Queen said: ‘It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing.’
She also thanked hospital staff and paramedics who worked tirelessly to keep the children alive in the hours after the tragedy, and told them of her shock, saying: ‘The awful thing was that everyone was so young.’
75 people were admitted to hospitals after the attack, out of which fourteen children still remain at the hospital. Among them, five children remain in critical care.
The Queen has always walked in to provide comfort for the victims of conflict, disasters and terror attacks. From servicemen injured in the Second World War to the victims of the 7/7 bombing, the Queen has often visited hospitals after the tragedy to show unity with her people in their hour of need.
The Queen reassured the young victims and shared their horror as they recollected their stories of escape.