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TRH unveil a memorial to the victims of the Bali bombings

12th October 2006

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall led the tributes to the victims of the Bali bombing during a moving ceremony in London today.

The ceremony was held in St James's Park and was attended by 600 grieving friends and relatives of those killed by the 2002 bombings, four years ago today.

Their Royal Highnesses unveiled a wall made from Portland stone into which the names of those who lost their lives were carved.

Standing in front of the wall is a freestanding granite globe with 202 individually carved doves, each of which represents a victim of the bombings.

Under the sculpture the words “You were robbed of life, your spirit enriches ours” were carved.

Behind the globe, all the names of those who died - of which 28 were British - are carved into a stone wall.

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell also attended the event.

Ms Jowell read out the names of all 28 Britons killed in the bomb blast and representatives from the 21 other countries who lost citizens also read out names of the dead.

The £300,000 stone memorial sculpture took nine months to make and is located only metres from Foreign Office buildings.

After a minute’s silence, The Prince was handed a floral wreath made up of poppies and his emblem, The Prince’s feathers, by survivor of the bombings Daniella Prothero.

The words on Their Royal Highnesses’ tribute read: “With our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

A message from the Archbishop of Canterbury was read out by the Rev Nicholas Holtam, vicar of St Martin in the Fields.

He said the memorial in London showed that the grief felt by family and friends was shared by people across the country.

The bomb blast on 12th October 2002, which ripped through a nightclub and a bar in the tourist area Kuta on the Indonesian island, shocked the world.

Susanna Miller, 39, who lost her brother, Dan, said the families were delighted that the memorial had been positioned in such an important place.

She said it would serve as a reminder to the general public and the Government of the potential dangers of foreign travel and the risk of terrorism in the world.

Ms Miller said The Prince had been a great source of support to the families of the victims.

“His uncle was killed by terrorists,” she said. “He knows how it feels when this kind of thing happens.

“He has been an extremely supportive figure and it is very important that he came today.”

Following the service, Their Royal Highnesses joined family and friends of the victims at a reception in the Foreign Office.