King Charles and Queen Camilla live updates as the royal couple visit Cardiff

King Charles and Queen Camilla live updates as the royal couple visit Cardiff

King Charles and Queen Camilla are visiting Wales today to mark 25 years of devolution. They will be welcomed to the Senedd with a guard of honour by the Royal Welsh.

School children from across Wales will be part of the welcoming party, as will civic leaders including Senedd Speaker Elin Jones and First Minister Vaughan Gething. The timing of their visit will not be made public.

As they enter the Senedd chamber, they will hear music from the King’s harpist, Mared Pugh-Evans. Mrs Jones will give a speech, followed by the Prime Minister and party leaders.

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Two poems written by Aron Pritchard will then be presented, one written when he was a pupil at the school to mark the first official opening of the then National Assembly in 1999 and a new one written for this event. Mr Pritchard is now a member of staff at the Senedd.

Pupils from Ysgol Treganna Primary School will also be performing. A video of their practice went viral after they spotted the First Minister and the Prime Minister watching them.

The King will then make a speech, marking the Senedd’s twenty-fifth anniversary, after which the Llywydd will close the session.

They will then be introduced to members of the Senedd staff who have worked in parliament for twenty-five years, or who have served twenty-five years and are members of the Senedd.

Before they leave, they will meet members of the community who have contributed to important moments in the Senedd’s history, including the man who started a petition to charge for plastic bags, members of the Welsh Youth Parliament and the Any Body Can Choir, made up of children who would not normally have the opportunity to experience musical activities, who will perform in the background.

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