Kate Middleton pays tribute to Manchester Arena attack victims with touching bee earrings

The bee has been used as a symbol of hope since the attack following an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017

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Kate has paid tribute to the Manchester Arena attack victims during a visit to the city today.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a set of touching bee earrings for the Glade of Light memorial, in reference to the insect which is the official emblem of Manchester.

The bee has also been used as a symbol of hope since the attack following an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

Kate and her husband Prince William were in Manchester ahead of the fifth anniversary of the attack, where 22 people were murdered.

Kate wore bee earrings in a touching tribute to the victims' families
Kate wore bee earrings in a touching tribute to the victims' families
The Duchess of Cambridge laid flowers at the newly-opened memorial
The Duchess of Cambridge laid flowers at the newly-opened memorial

The royal visitors attended a short service, before William spoke and walked around the newly opened memorial, where the Duchess laid a bouquet of flowers.

Relatives of the 22 who were killed wiped away tears and exchanged hugs as a choir sang Halo by Beyonce, which includes the refrain, ‘I can feel your halo’.

William told the families: “For Catherine and I it is very important that we are with you here today. To remember the 22 lives so brutally taken.

“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 grief on the faces of those I met when I visited Manchester in the days following the atrocity.

“Five years on I know that the pain and the trauma felt by many has not gone away."

He added: “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.”