07/07: War on Britain: THIS IS WHAT ONE DREADS.. Charles and Camilla Sympathise with Blast Victims as Queen Vows: 'We'll Stand Firm'
Byline: By PETE SAMSON
PRINCE Charles yesterday told a terror attack survivor: "It's been one of the things that many of us have dreaded for a long time - and now they have finally got through."
But he added: "What I can never get over is the resilience of the British people who have set us all a fantastic example of how to react to these kind of tragedies."
The Prince and Camilla were visiting victims at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington - a few hundred yards from the Edgware Road blast in which they were caught up.
Charles asked Cynthia Bobb-Semple, who was showered with glass, "It's always one's dread isn't it, on the Tube?"
Cynthia, 43, of Walthamstow, East London, said: "I think I'm still a bit shocked. We had just pulled out of Edgware Road and the next thing, it was chaos. I'm still picking pieces (of glass) out." Professor John Tulloch, 63, who was on the train when the bomb went off, told the Prince a "ministering angel" Air Force officer climbed through his wrecked carriage and talked to him to keep him conscious until paramedics got to them.
John, who suffered burst eardrums and cuts to his face, and who told the Prince he had no memory of the explosion, joked with Charles and praised hospital staff.
Charles replied: "They have practised all these things, that's the good thing, that's why it worked."
St Mary's worker Andrew Mayer told Charles that off-duty staff "inundated" the hospital offering to come to work to help the injured.
Andrew, one of the first at the blast, said: "Eleven years of service, I've never had a day like it. The training kicked in for everyone."
He told Camilla: "The patients that were alive were so brave... not screaming. They waited their turn."
Camilla replied: "It was very sort of British, wasn't it?"
She told other staff members: "Thank you all very much indeed... you did a brilliant job."
Charles added: "I remember coming here after the Paddington rail crash. Staff really are extraordinary. Everyone pulls together and it brings out the best of them."
He told one nurse: "You're not too frayed around the edges? It's amazing."
Later, the Royals toured the Metropolitan Police's casualty bureau in Hendon, North London, to see how officers dealt with the thousands of calls from the public.
They spoke to senior staff from the Met, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, NHS London and Transport for London who all helped in the rescue operation.
The Prince told assistant chief ambulance officer John Pooley: "It's amazing how they moved people out."
Met figures released yesterday show the casualty bureau, which matches missing person reports to details of the dead and injured, took 103,000 calls from opening time on Wednesday to 6am yesterday. …