Prince William has paid his respects to the 22 people who lost their lives in last year’s bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
The Duke of Cambridge attended a remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday (May 22) commemorating the one-year anniversary of the attack. The royal joined the families of the victims, survivors, first responders, and other emergency workers. Prime Minister Theresa May was also in attendance.
The lighting of candles and a moment of silence was observed at the start of the ceremony to honour the memory of the victims.
Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender said: “In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember with love before God those whose lives were lost, and those whose lives have been changed forever and have to live with the terrible memories of that day 12 months ago.
“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge between them is love: The only survival, the only meaning.”
William read a Bible passage from the book of Corinthians and is scheduled to meet some of the bereaved families privately following the service.
Later, over 3000 singers from local choirs will come together for the “Manchester Together – With One Voice” event in the city’s Albert Square.
The performance will feature the Manchester Survivors Choir, a group of people who were in attendance on the night of the bombing, and Parrs Wood High School’s Harmony Group, whose post-attack tribute went viral last year and received praise from Grande herself.
Last year, William privately visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where many of the young victims were being cared for after the tragic event.