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Queen slams wickedness of suicide bomber as she visits young casualties at hospital

By Sally Wardle

The Queen condemned the "wicked" attack on Manchester Arena as she joined young victims of the suicide bomb at their hospital bedside.

Medics, who battled to save the lives of children caught up in the atrocity, told the Queen as she toured the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital how they worked tirelessly through the night.

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

The Queen met scores of staff who had assisted the emergency effort - including clinicians, doctors, nurses and porters - before visiting a ward where four young girls injured in the concert blast are recovering.

She told Evie Mills (14), and her parents: "It's dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing."

The Queen expressed her shock at the targeting of young victims, telling a member of staff: "The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them."

She learnt about the role each had played on the night, including how many had come in from home to offer their help, and commended them for "coming together".

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 monarch described the atrocity as "very alarming" and wished Millie, from Greater Manchester, a speedy recovery.

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