The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Manchester later today to pay their respects to the victims of last month’s terror attack.
They will attend a reception with community leaders and young people later today to discuss the impact of the Manchester terror attack and how the city united in the immediate aftermath.
The reception, which will take place at Manchester Town Hall, will include representatives from the Prince’s Trust, as well as medical staff from all eight hospitals involved in the emergency response on the 22nd May.
This will be the third royal visit since the bombing took place. The Queen visited young victims at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital whilst Prince William attended Greater Manchester Police headquarters where he met with some of the officers who were first to respond to the attack.
During the tour, Their Royal Highnesses will attend a number of locations across the city, including the Manchester Arena itself where they will meet with staff who were first on the scene immediately after the bombing took place.
A number of Manchester Arena senior management were on duty at the time of the attack, offering their assistance to the injured and ensuring the remainder of the crowd exited the building safely.
The arena’s security provider, Showsec, and medical provider, Emergency Training Limited, were the first responders on the scene, followed by British Transport Police, Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire Service. Staff continued to assist while the emergency services conducted their duties.
The city quickly mobilised to support those affected by one of the worst terror attacks to hit Britain, leaving 22 people dead and 119 injured, and in doing so became a symbol of resilience and positivity throughout the world.
Since then, thousands of people have pledged their support to the victims, including pop star Ariana Grande, who returned to Manchester to hold a benefit concert which was attended by 50,000 people, with proceeds going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
So far, the charity, which was established by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross, has received more than £10 million in donations with the majority of that figure coming within 12 hours of the concert which aired on BBC One.
To donate to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund click here.