Manchester Arena Bombing Survivor Says Hugging David Beckham Was 'Best Bit' Of Royal Wedding

A 12-year-old survivor of the Manchester Arena bombing says that getting a selfie with David Beckham was the 'best bit' of the royal wedding.

Viewers watching the ceremony celebrating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage watched on yesterday as the former England captain stopped to pose for a picture with Manchester attack victim Amelia Mae Thompson.

A beaming Becks was happy to take a photo with the young Ariana Grande fan outside Windsor Castle, breaking away from his wife Victoria to pose for a quick pic as preparations for the big day came to a close.

Amelia looked delighted as she was hugged by the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy legend, and later explained how this was the high point of the day for her.

In front of the ITV News cameras, she was asked what had been the 'best bit' of her day, and answered: "Getting a selfie with David Beckham and seeing the horse and carriage go past."

Also on her list was seeing Prince Harry, along with his brother and best man Prince William, as well as Meghan's bridesmaids.

Credit: ITV News
Credit: ITV News

Amelia was among the survivors of the devastating terror attack at Manchester Arena on 22 May last year, where 22 people lost their lives.

She is now undergoing counselling and having speech therapy after damaging her vocal chords from screaming in utter terror during the attack, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The concert was supposed to be a treat for the schoolgirl, following a tough few years when her uncle died and she faced the agony of seeing her dad in intensive care after suffering two heart attacks.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The youngster beamed as golden balls embraced her ahead of the swanky wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor, Berkshire.

Amelia made the kind-hearted gesture of inviting the grandmother of one of the Manchester bombing victims as her guest instead of bringing her mum, Lisa Newton.

Sharon Goodman lost her granddaughter, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, in the blast. Amelia said she made the gesture 'just to put a smile on her face'. That's a brilliant gesture.

Amelia with her mum, Lisa. Credit: PA
Amelia with her mum, Lisa. Credit: PA

She was one of the 1,200 members of the public invited to the Royal Wedding and watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived and left the church.

Celebrity guests included George and Amal Clooney, Carey Mulligan, Elton John and Serena Williams - as well as the Beckhams.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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