Ipswich/London: Queen meets Suffolk man who survived July 7 blast

Queen Elizabeth II meets 7/7 survivor Bruce Lait and his family during her tour to open the new Roya

Queen Elizabeth II meets 7/7 survivor Bruce Lait and his family during her tour to open the new Royal London Hospital building - Credit: PA

The Queen has met one of the Suffolk survivors of the July 7 terrorist bombings, almost eight years after first meeting him in the aftermath of the atrocity.

She first spoke to professional dancer Bruce Lait when she met survivors the day after the 2005 attacks on the London Underground and bus network, which killed 52 people.

They met again today at the same location - the Royal London Hospital in the East End - where Mr Lait, from Ipswich, was originally treated after being caught up in the Aldgate tube blast.

The 39-year-old, now a dance teacher, and dance partner Crystal Yelland were invited by Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh again as the royal couple opened the new hospital building in Whitechapel.

“I said that I looked a bit different to the last time she saw me,” he said afterwards.

“She said ‘Yes, I remember. You look a lot better now’.”

Mr Lait was left partially deaf and suffered facial burns in the bombing.

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He told the inquest into the attack how he held the hand of victim Fiona Stevenson until she died at the scene.

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