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Prince William at the opening of the Manchester Bomb Victims Memorial

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the official opening of The Glade Of Light Memorial at Manchester Arena on May 10, 2022 in Manchester, England.  Glade of Light Memorial commemorates the victims of the terrorist attack that took place after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017. (Photo: Samir Hussein / WireImage)

Prince William said it was important for him and Kate Middleton to attend the opening of the Glade of Light Memorial (Photo: Samir Hussein / WireImage)

The Duke of Cambridge spoke of living with his own grief as he told families of those killed in the Manchester Arena bombing that their lost loved ones ‘would never be forgotten’.

Prince William said he knew “the pain and trauma have not disappeared” as he and Kate Middleton attended the opening of the Glade of Light memorial, which honors the 22 lives cruelly torn away in the terrorist attack.

As the fifth anniversary approaches, the royal lyrics used ‘written by some of this city’s most famous sons’ as he praised the Mancunians for refusing to look back in anger and react to hatred with love.

William briefly referred to his late mother Princess Diana during his heartfelt speech before some relatives of the victims sobbed while a choir sang Halo by Beyonce.

A white marble “halo” in the center of the new memorial bears the names of the slain and personal memory capsules containing souvenirs and messages.

‘For Catherine and I, it is very important that we are with you here today. To remember the 22 lives that were taken so brutally ‘, said the duke.

‘To acknowledge the hundreds of lives that were irrevocably changed, and to pay tribute to the resilience of this great city.

‘I remember only too well the shock and sadness on the faces of those I met when I visited Manchester in the days following the atrocities.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks away from the podium after giving a speech as he and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the launch of the Glade of Light Memorial , outside Manchester Cathedral on May 10, 2022 in Manchester, England.  Glade of Light Memorial commemorates the victims of the terrorist attack that took place after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017. (Photo by Jon Super-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The Duke of Cambridge walks away from the podium after paying tribute to the resilience of this amazing city (Image: Getty Images Europe)

A general picture of The Glade of Light Memorial, after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial, in memory of the victims of the May 22, 2017 terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.  Image Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA History MEMORIAL Manchester.  Image credit should read: Jon Super / PA Wire

Glade of Light Memorial commemorating the 22 victims of the May 22, 2017 attack (Photo: PA)

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lays flowers while she and her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend the launch of the Glade of Light Memorial Garden, outside Manchester Cathedral on May 10, 2022 in Manchester, England.  Glade of Light Memorial commemorates the victims of the terrorist attack that took place after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017. (Photo by Jon Super-WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Hundreds of lives ‘irrevocably changed’, the Duke told his audience (Image: Getty Images)


Remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing

Those who died in the attack were:

Saffie-Rose Roussos, eight years old, from Preston

Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, of Leeds

Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from the Isle of Barra

Nell Jones, 14, of Cheshire

Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, of Bury

Megan Hurley, 15, from Liverpool

Georgina Callander, 18, of Hesketh Bank

Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17, both of South Shields

Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, of Gateshead

John Atkinson, 28, of Manchester

Martyn Hett, 29, of Stockport

Kelly Brewster, 32, of Sheffield

Angelika Klis, 39, and Marcin Klis, 42, of York

Elaine McIver, 43, of Cheshire

Michelle Kiss, 45, of Whalley, Lancs

Alison Howe, 44, and Lisa Lees, 43, both of Oldham

Wendy Fawell, 50, of Otley and Jane Tweedle, 51, of Blackpool

‘Five years later, I know that the pain and trauma that many feel has not disappeared.

‘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.

‘There is comfort in remembering. By acknowledging that even though they were taken terribly fast, they lived. They changed our lives.

‘They were loved and they are loved. That is why memorials like Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be among you today. ‘

He said he hoped the public memorial could be a place of comfort, he continued: ‘When the people of Manchester gathered to show respect for the victims just days after the atrocities, you told the world that your music would not be brought to silence.

‘Instead, you raised your voices together and sang a love song written by some of this city’s most famous sons.

‘That day you told each other that you would not look back in anger. And you showed the world the true heart of this extraordinary place. So when we come to this memorial, let’s look back with love on those we lost.

‘Let’s look back with love on the people who cared for and protected this community. And let’s look back with love on the continued strength of the great city of Manchester. ‘

Kate laid flowers before the couple went to a private reception inside Manchester Cathedral to talk to some of the abandoned and brave emergency workers who helped with the attack.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anthony Harvey / REX / Shutterstock (12933823k) Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial, Manchester, UK - 10 May 2022 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial on 10 May 2022. The memorial commemorates the victims of the terrorist attack on 22 May 2017 in Manchester Arena.

The fifth anniversary of the attack is approaching (Photo: Anthony Harvey / REX / Shutterstock)

Mandatory credit: Photo by Anthony Harvey / REX / Shutterstock (12933823bi) Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial, Manchester, UK - 10 May 2022 The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial on 10 May 2022. The memorial commemorates the victims of the terrorist attack on 22 May 2017 in Manchester Arena.

William praised the city for looking back in love, not hate (Image: Anthony Harvey / REX / Shutterstock)

British Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, lays flowers as she and her husband Prince William attend the launch of the Glade of Light Memorial Garden outside Manchester Cathedral, commemorating the victims of a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017 in Manchester, England.  , Tuesday 10 May 2022. The memorial honors the 22 people whose lives were taken, as well as commemorates all those who were left injured or hit by the attack in Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017. (AP Photo / Jon Super, Pool)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lays flowers after traveling down from London (Image: AP)

The royal couple had quickly traveled up to Manchester after William saw his father give the Queen’s speech for the first time in Parliament

The Bishop of Manchester said the 22 victims would be ‘forever in our hearts’, while Joanne Roney, CEO of Manchester City Council, announced the people of Manchester to meet in ‘grief and love’.

Each of the victim’s names was read aloud followed by a period of silence in honor of the lost lives.

Hundreds of people were also injured when terrorist Salman Abedi detonated his splinter-packed backpack bomb on May 22, 2017.

The bomber’s younger brother, Hashem Abedi, was jailed for life in March 2020 and is due to serve 55 years before parole for his part in the terror plan.

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