Queen: 'Way of life won't change'
Elizabeth, Charles visit bomb victims in hospitals
LONDON, England -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has said that the terrorists responsible for the bomb attacks on London "will not change our way of life."
The queen was visiting some of the victims of the attack at the Royal London Hospital in East London on Friday.
She said she admired the way Londoners were "calmly determined" to get on with their lives and expressed "sympathy to all of those caught up in these events."
"Atrocities such as these simply reinforce our sense of community, our humanity, our trust in the rule of law. That is the clear message from us all," the queen said in a speech to staff at the hospital.
The queen flew by helicopter to the hospital from Windsor Castle. She toured the hospital, starting in the Accident and Emergency Department, thanking staff for their work in the rescue operation, Britain's Press Association reported.
She later visited a ward where survivors were being treated and chatted with patient Bruce Lait, 32, who was on the train carriage that was blown apart near the Liverpool Street Underground station Thursday.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswomen said it was "highly unusual for the queen to speak so soon after an event like this. It underlines the gravity of what has happened."
The queen's eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, also paid tribute to the "resilience of the British people" after the attacks.
The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had earlier in the day visited St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, central London, which is near to the Edgware Road blast scene.
The prince praised hospital staff for their quick response and hard work, PA reported.
"It's been one of the things that many of us have dreaded for a long time and now they have finally got through," the prince said.
"What I can never get over is the resilience of the British people who have set us all a fantastic example of how to recover."
He added: "I remember coming here after the Paddington rail crash (in October 1999). (Staff) really are extraordinary. Everyone pulls together and it brings out the best of them."
The prince and duchess also toured the Metropolitan Police's casualty bureau in north London to see how officers had dealt with thousands of calls from concerned members of the public.
The duchess said she felt "proud to be British" as she watched Londoners' reaction to the bombings.
The couple also met teams who worked to match reports of missing persons with known details about the dead and injured.
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