Prince William and Kate whiz to Manchester for poignant event after Queen’s speech

 

Kate and Prince William travelled to Manchester today to officially unveil the Glade of Light memorial. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the memorial garden, which opened to the public in January, and remembered the 22 victims who lost their lives following the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in 2017.
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Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed several children and injured more than 1000 people when he detonated a homemade device as US pop star Ariana Grande’s concert was ending. Some of the survivors and loved ones of the victims joined the Duke and Duchess today to view the memorial and remember those who lost their lives.

 

 

For this engagement, Kate donned a sombre coat dress with a blue handbag and matching shoes. The Duke wore a formal dark blue suit with a tie and white shirt. The Glide of Light has been located near Manchester Cathedral and includes a garden surrounded by a marble centrepiece shaped like a halo.

 

The art piece presents the name of those who lost their lives in the attack and includes 22 memory capsules containing items linked to each victim, which have been provided by their loved ones. At the memorial, the Duke delivered a deeply emotional speech, in which he acknowledged that the pain and trauma many experienced following the terror attack has not passed.

 

 

Pointing out the importance of having a physical memento of the victims, the Duke said: “As someone who lives with his own grief, I also know that what often matters most to the bereaved is that those we have lost are not forgotten. Prince William and Kate whiz to Manchester for poignant event after Queen’s speech

 

“There is comfort in remembering. In acknowledging that, while taken horribly soon, they lived. They changed our lives. “They were loved, and they are loved. It is why memorials such as the Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be amongst you today. “A memorial is a physical statement that the memory of those who died lives on.”

 

 

William also acknowledged the “lives changed that day“, referring to survivors who were left physically and mentally scarred by the bombing and the first responders. Kate, on the other hand, laid flowers along with Manchester Council leader Councillor Bev Craig. “A memorial is a physical statement that the memory of those who died lives on.”

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Manchester City Council’s chief executive Joanne Roney said the Glide of Light was a “potent symbol of how Manchester will continue to hold those who lost their lives, and everyone who was affected by those terrible events, in our hearts”. She added: “We will never forget them.”

 

 

After viewing the beautiful tribute to the victims, Kate and William headed to a private reception taking place inside Manchester Cathedral. There, the Duke and Duchess had the chance to speak with the bereaved families as well as some of the first responders involved in the response effort in the aftermath of the bombing.

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Kate and William had previously paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack by attending a National Service of Commemoration at the city’s cathedral in 2018. This important engagement took place only a few hours after the Duke of Cambridge attended for the first time the State Opening of Parliament in Whitehall.

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