Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

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The 24-year-old singer took to her Twitter account to mark the anniversary of the horrific incident, which saw a suicide bomber detonate a nail bomb outside the Manchester Arena just after her concert finished, and she admitted the milestone will be a "challenging" day.

The 30-minute singalong in Albert Square featured...

Afterwards, Prince William met privately with some of the bereaved families and left a handwritten message on a Tree of Hope.

Tweeting alongside the clip, she wrote: "so wish i were there with u all today. u have no idea. love you so v much".

The hour-long service will include a minute silence that will be observed throughout the United Kingdom.

And DJ Nick Grimshaw also sent love to those affected by the attack, while also praising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was organised by Ariana and Scooter shortly after the attack.

"The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won", she said.

Other performances included Oasis hit Wonderwall, by Manchester's lesbian and gay chorus choir, and a group of emergency services staff singing Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Manchester Storm ice hockey team also announced on Tuesday they are retiring their number 22 jersey in honour of the victims.

Tuesday's remembrance service was also shown on a big screen in nearby Cathedral Gardens, as well as at churches in York, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Earlier, Grande paid tribute to the city of Manchester to mark the anniversary of the terror attack. They performed an emotional version of Andra Day's Rise Up at the free concert.

Among the dignitaries present were the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council.

Some laid bouquets of flowers in St. Ann's Square.

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