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Royal Gun Salute in Cardiff to mark Queen's birthday

A Royal Gun Salute has been fired in Cardiff this afternoon to commemorate The Queen's birthday.

The guns were fired in Cardiff Bay at around midday.

The ceremony took place just outside the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay and was hosted by 160th Infanty Brigade and Headquarters Wales and officers from 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.

Army Reservists from C Troop 211 Battery, which forms part of 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, fired the 21-gun salute using blank ammunition from three 105mm light guns.

Military music was provided by The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh.

The Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Mrs Morfudd Ann Meredith, took the salute, accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Monica Walsh and the head of the Army in Wales, Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE.

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Prince William 'cheering the Welsh' against France

Wales have the backing of royalty as they prepare to face France on the final day of the Six Nations.

The Duke of Cambridge has told French President François Hollande that he will be "cheering the Welsh" tomorrow.

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While all hope of Six Nations title success has gone, the runners-up spot behind England - plus a possible top-four world ranking - feature high on Wales' agenda this weekend.

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Prince William to launch new award programme

Prince William will officially launch a new awards programme while visiting a primary school in Wales.

Prince William will be visiting a primary school in Wales. Credit: PA

SkillForce's Prince William Award is aimed at helping young children between the ages of 6 and 14 to develop good character, confidence and resilience.

The Duke of Cambridge will meet with students who have participated in the award during its pilot year.

Skillforce is a national charity that works with schools, utilising the skills and experience of ex-Service veterans.

Prince Charles visits endangered White Park Cattle

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Prince Charles has been learning about efforts to save White Park Cattle from extinction.

HRH the Prince of Wales visited Dinefwr Park in Llandeilo this afternoon.

White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines in medieval Wales. Credit: ITV News

White Park Cattle have grazed the land in Wales for more than 1000 years but today there are just 750 breeding females left in the world.

This makes White Park Cattle rarer than the Giant Panda.

The National Trust wants to urgently increase the number of cows in the Dinefwr herd not only to save this animal from extinction, but to safeguard important links to Welsh history and to help sustain rare wildflower hay meadows.

History of White Park Cattle

The first recorded evidence in Wales can be traced back to the Laws of Hywel Dda, King of the old Welsh Kingdom of Deheubarth who lived between 880 and 950.

Hywel Dda had all the old laws of Wales collated to produce the first codified work of laws to govern Wales as one nation.

The old laws revealed that White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines and indicated a long-established tradition of this distinctive breed being used as currency.

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