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Prince Harry and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join injured survivors and victims’ families at Service of Hope

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have joined injured survivors of the Westminster terror attack at a memorial service. The service was held at Westminster Abbey, close to Westminster Bridge where Khalid Masood mowed down several pedestrians before fatally stabbing a police officer outside of Parliament. In total four people were killed, excluding the perpetrator who was shot dead by the police.

Melissa Cochran, a tourist whose husband Kurt, was one of these killed, attended the service in a wheelchair. The other victims were Leslie Rhodes, 75, and Aysha Frade, 44. There are still seven injured people in the hospital.

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The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath of spring flowers at the Innocent Victims memorial outside of Westminster Abbey. The Royals were then greeted by Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, and  Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner Craig Mackey. As they walked down the aisle of the abbey, the front row was lined with emergency service personnel.

The Duke of Cambridge gave a Bible reading from Luke, Chapter 10, about the Good Samaritan, while the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd read from Jeremiah.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev John Hall, who led the service, told the congregation: “We are all affected by the attack a fortnight ago on Westminster Bridge and at the gates of the Palace of Westminster, and we are all left bewildered and disturbed.

 “But our sense of loss and diminishment is paled by comparison with that of the families of those who died: Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and Leslie Rhodes on the bridge, and Police Constable Keith Palmer on duty at the gates of Parliament, and all those who were injured.

“Our hearts go out to them in sympathy and prayer and love. What happened a fortnight ago leaves us bewildered.

“What could possibly motivate a man to hire a car and take it from Birmingham to Brighton to London, and then drive it fast at people he had never met, couldn’t possibly know, against whom he had no personal grudge, no reason to hate them and then run at the gates of the Palace of Westminster to cause another death? It seems likely that we shall never know.

“No doubt it was in imitation of the attacks in Nice and Berlin. But what on earth did he hope to achieve? Such random acts of aggression are nothing new.”

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