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Kate, William and Harry join service for victims of Westminster attack

By Sally Wardle

The injured wife of a man killed in the Westminster terror attack has been joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at a service for families and survivors.

Around 1,800 people gathered at Westminster Abbey for the Service of Hope, two weeks on from Khalid Masood's murderous rampage.

Melissa Cochran, from Utah, who lost her husband Kurt (54) in the attack, arrived at the service in a wheelchair.

The couple had been celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in London when they were caught up in the carnage, with Mrs Cochran suffering a broken leg and rib and a cut head.

Five people, including terrorist Masood, were killed and dozens of others injured in the 82-second atrocity which took place on Wednesday, March 22.

Mr Cochran, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes (75) and Aysha Frade (44) died when the Muslim convert drove at pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge.

The 52-year-old attacker was shot dead by armed police after fatally stabbing Pc Keith Palmer (48) in the Palace of Westminster's cobbled forecourt.

The Duke laid a wreath of spring flowers, including red and white roses and gerbera, at the Innocent Victims memorial outside the abbey in central London as the royals arrived on Wednesday.

A card on the wreath, signed by William, read: "In memory of the innocent lives; lost to us all on the 22nd March, 2017."

The royal trio also met first responders, many from the Metropolitan Police, as well as ambassadors from the countries caught up in the attack.

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