The Cambridges honour the victims of Manchester terrorist attack

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are remembering the victims of Manchester's 2017 terrorist attack.

On 22 May 2017, a suicide bombing that took place during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured 116 more. Ahead of the five-year anniversary of the tragedy, Prince William and Kate honoured the victims at the Glade of Light memorial, which is next to the city's cathedral.

The couple met with memorial designer Andy Thomson and chief executive of Manchester City Council Joanne Roney at the service. Kate also laid a bouquet of white and blue flowers at the monument.

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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

For the sombre occasion, the duchess wore a navy blue coat dress from Michael Kors' spring/summer 2014 collection. She paired the look with dark blue pumps from London-based label Rupert Sanderson, a matching mini handbag, and a blue-and-gold pendant necklace from Astley Clarke.

William colour-coordinated with his wife in a navy blue suit, which he wore with a blue tie, a white button-down shirt, and black dress shoes.

Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

William also delivered an emotional speech at the event.

"I remember only too well the shock and grief on the faces of those I met when I visited Manchester in the days following the atrocity," he said, according to People. "And the rawness of emotion at the Commemoration Service, held at your Cathedral just here, a year later. Five years on I know that the pain and the trauma felt by many, has not gone away."

He continued, "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. 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."

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