Kate Middleton's Touching Hidden Tribute to Manchester Bombing Victims

Kate Middleton paid a touching hidden tribute to the victims of the 2017 Manchester bombing on Tuesday as she attended the official opening of the Glade of Light memorial garden with Prince William.

For the occasion, Kate—the Duchess of Cambridge—wore a delicate pair of gold earrings in a honeycomb design topped with small golden bees, forming a tribute to the victims of the attack that took place at an Ariana Grande concert inside the Manchester Arena, killing 22 innocent victims and injuring over 1,000 more.

The bee is closely associated with the city of Manchester and became a unifying symbol in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. The Manchester City Council website said: "The Manchester worker bee is one of the best-known symbols of Manchester and has been an emblem for the city for over 150 years. The bee denotes Mancunians' hard work ethic and the city being a hive of activity. It has also come to represent the sense of unity in our great city."

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Kate Middleton wore a delicate pair of gold earrings representing bees and honeycomb for a visit to the Glad of Light memorial garden dedicated to the victims of the 2017 Manchester bombing. May 10, 2022. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Kate is known for her precision when it comes to choosing outfits for royal occasions, often paying tribute to her hosts through color or symbolism.

With her earrings, Kate added a Michael Kors coat dress that was first worn in 2014 to an Anzac Day service in Australia. This follows the model of rewearing pieces from her wardrobe that the duchess has been increasing in recent years.

With her outfit Kate wore a navy blue leather handbag by a new favorite Parisian leather goods brand Polène and blue suede pumps.

The royals met with members of the Manchester City Council as well as victims of the 2017 bombings before William gave an opening address.

"For Catherine and I, it is very important that we are with you here, today," he began, "To remember the twenty-two 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. 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."

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Kate Middleton and Prince William attended the official opening of a memorial garden dedicated to victims of the 2017 bombing attack after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. May 10, 2022. Samir Hussein/WireImage

The prince also made a touching reference to the grief he still experiences following the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, in a tragic Paris car crash in August 1997—25 years ago this year.

"As someone who lives with his own grief," he said, "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."

The Glade of Light memorial garden is located alongside Manchester Cathedral and was created following an international design competition. At the heart of the garden is a white marble sculpture of a halo featuring the names of those who lost their lives across it.

Prince William paid a visit to Manchester in the aftermath of the attack, as did Queen Elizabeth II who, in a rare occasion of letting her true feelings known, was reported as having told a member of staff at the hospital where victims were being treated: "The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them," and that it was "dreadful" and "very wicked to target that sort of thing."

Grande, who had finished performing at the concert when detonated the bomb was detonated, returned to Manchester in the weeks after the event to host a benefit concert with a lineup of famous supporters for the victims and their families.

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