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Queen visits Cardiff to present new colours to the Royal Welsh

The Queen is to visit Cardiff today and will be presenting the Royal Welsh with new colours in a formal ceremony at the Millennium Stadium.

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The presentation of new colours will be the final formal recognition of The Royal Welsh.

It was formed in 2006 after the merger of two regiments - the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Wales.

The Regiment has served recently in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

After the Parade, Her Majesty will meet soldiers, families and those associated with the Regiment.

30 youngsters from Cardiff's Military Preparation College are to play their part in a Royal Ceremony.

They were nominated to be stewards for the event by their instructors.

Over 100 staff and students from all of the South Wales colleges will attend the parade.

Being part of this event hosted by Her Majesty the Queen is a real honour and privilege for our students. The overall experience, which is a once in a lifetime opportunity, will no doubt inspire them further to pursue a rewarding career in the military.

– Huw Lewis MBE, Military Preparation College,

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Cardiff gun salutes will commemorate the Queen's coronation and official birthday

A 21 gun salute will be fired outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay tomorrow and on 13th June to mark the Queen’s Coronation and official birthday.

The first salute will commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the Queen's coronation Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Following the salute on the 2 June, commemorating the Queen’s Coronation 62 years ago, a reception will be hosted in the Pierhead by 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital which was deployed on the front line in Afghanistan in 2013.

On both occasions the guns will be deployed by the 104 Regiment Royal Artillery at the front of the Pierhead Building.

The salute will be fired at 12.00pm.

Wales sends warm wishes to Royal couple

Wales has sent messages of congratulations and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the birth of their daughter.

The Welsh Rugby Union and the Princes Trust Cymry tweeted to wish the Royal couple their congratulations.

Mum-to-be Katherine Jenkins also sent her congratulations. The singer is expecting a baby girl later this year.

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Llantrisant Royal Mint to give away Royal silver penny

Babies born on the same day as the Royal baby are to be given a 'Lucky Silver Penny' struck with the year of their birth.

Similar coins were struck at the Christening of Prince George in 2013. Credit: PA

Llantrisant Royal Mint is making 2,015 pennies struck with the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen to mark the birth.

The gift will be amongst the first coins to bear the latest Royal portrait.

To mark the birth of Prince George, the Royal Mint gave 2,013 Lucky Silver Pennies to babies born on the same day and also struck a limited edition £5 coin in his honour.

Parents wanting to claim their Silver Penny will have to visit the register the birth of their child on the Royal Mint's Facebook page.

The birth of the new royal baby will be a joyous occasion not just for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but also for the whole nation, as we prepare to celebrate another remarkable milestone in their life journey together.

However, it will also be a special day for many mothers and fathers across the country as they too welcome the arrival of their new babies, hence why we wanted to extend this historical moment to them with a unique and timeless gift that can be treasured for years to come.

– hane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint
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