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Getting the royal treatment

Evie Mills, 14, suffered chest and leg injuries in the explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth visited Evie and other victims at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital yesterday to offer words of comfort.

The queen spoke to patients at the hospital where 19 casualties are still being treated after what she called the “wicked” blast.

Five are in critical care.

Asked by the queen if she had come to Manchester especially for the Ariana Grande concert, 14-year-old Evie Mills, from Harrogate, said yes, it was a birthday present.

“She (Grande) sounds very, very good, a very good singer,” the queen responded in footage broadcast by Sky News.

“It’s dreadful. Very wicked ... to target that sort of thing.”

Wearing an orange hat and bright blue jacket, the queen was met with cheers at the hospital and in comments to Mills and her parents, noted how “everyone’s united here”.

Eight hospitals in and around the northern English city treated 116 casualties injured in the blast after the concert on Monday evening, NHS England said on Thursday, and 23 remain in critical care.

“She’s lovely, it was just ... mindblowing really – you just wouldn’t really expect it,” 15-year-old Millie Robson from County Durham told Sky News after meeting the queen.

- REUTERS

 

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