The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the official opening of the Glade of Light Memorial on 10th May 2022.
The memorial commemorates the victims of the 22nd May 2017 terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. It honours the 22 people whose lives were taken, as well as remembering everyone who was left injured or affected.
The memorial is located alongside Manchester Cathedral and was designed following an international design competition. A white marble ‘halo’ ring sits at its heart, with the names of those who lost their lives set in bronze upon it. Personalised memory capsules, filled with memories and mementoes of them provided by loved ones, have been embedded within the stone. The Glade of Light was designed to be a living memorial, a tranquil garden space for remembrance and reflection.
Their Royal Highnesses attended a service taking place alongside the memorial where The Duke made some brief remarks. Their Royal Highnesses then took a short walk around the memorial garden and Her Royal Highness laid some flowers. They then attended a private reception inside Manchester Cathedral to speak to some of the bereaved families and those involved in the response effort.
The Duke previously attended a National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral on 22nd May 2018 to remember those who lost their lives in the attack on the Manchester Arena.