The Queen has met child victims of the Manchester Arena suicide attack on a visit to a hospital where medics battled to save their lives.
She spoke to staff at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who worked tirelessly through the night in the aftermath of Monday’s atrocity.
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, from Co Durham, 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.
She also spoke to Amy Barlow, 12, from Rawtenstall, Lancashire, and her mother, Kathy.
Here are photos from the queen’s visit: