The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry paid their respects to the victims of the Westminster attack during a service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday (Apr. 5). The service was being held in an attempt to offer hope rather than being a memorial. William, Kate and Harry were greeted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, at the Great West Gate. Before the noon event, William laid a wreath at the Innocent Victims' Memorial.
At the service, the royals joined families of those killed in the attack, alongside victims, witnesses and first responders from the police, fire, ambulance and NHS hospital services. Home Secretary the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Craig Mackey were also in the congregation. Around 2,000 people attended the service, including members of all major denominations and faiths in the UK. Prayers were offered to protect the country from division and hatred, with the address delivered by the Dean of Westminster. London Mayor Sadiq Khan also offered a prayer.
Last month four victims died in the horrific attack orchestrated by Khalid Masood. The victims were mother-of-two Aysha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college; American tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah, who was celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife; retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London; and father-of-two PC Keith Palmer, 48, who was fatally stabbed by the attacker.
Prince William paid tribute to PC Palmer during a visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, one week after the attack. William laid a wreath with a handwritten message that read: "For PC Keith Palmer, and all those who have served our community so valiantly. Your legacy is our way of life. William." PC Palmer's funeral will take place at Southwark Cathedral on 10 April. He will receive a full police service funeral, followed by a private cremation.