Tributes to the Victims of the Manchester Explosion Around the City and Across the World
In Manchester, a man carries flowers through the streets. The suicide bombing occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 at Manchester Arena, killing 22 and injuring 59.
In the city's Ann Square, tributes line the walls of buildings as a woman kneels down to blow a kiss in their direction. Esme Findlay, 20, who was at the concert, recounted the moments after the bombing to PEOPLE. “Everyone was looking for someone," she says. "I saw some girls crying and a woman was asking them where their parents were. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
The city's police officers move floral tributes in St. Ann's Square. Members of the British royal family, including Prince William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth released statements of sympathy and support in the wake of the attack. “I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured," the Queen's statement read.
On the sidewalk in Manchester, a man writes down emergency contact information and instructions alongside the phrase, "We are grieving today, but we are strong." Sam Coley, 24, who lives a mile from the arena, tells PEOPLE he could hear the sounds of the explosion from his apartment. "There was an unbelievable amount of police cars and ambulances and people on the street. Around 50 police vehicles must have gone past my flat, if not more. Then the ambulances started coming in a convoy."
There's been an outpouring of support around the world, too. On the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, jury members and festival organizers stop for a minute-long moment of silence.
In the center of Peterborough, residents gather for a minute of silence. The city also opened up a book of condolences to sign in tribute to the victims.
On a screen outside London's O2 Arena, a screen display shows support for "our friends in Manchester."
In Barcelona, Catalan politicians stand outside for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Manchester attacks.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Outside of Prague's British Embassy, mourners lay candles, flowers and signs in support of Manchester.
A woman lays a red rose in a pile of flowers outside of Kiev's British Embassy.
At night in Hong Kong, the HSBC headquarters light up in a message of solidarity with the United Kingdom.