St David's Day celebrated across Wales and beyond

Welsh communities worldwide celebrated St David's Day, with parades in Wales, a Welsh flag flying above 10 Downing St, and servicemen abroad marking the day.

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First Minister : Wales is 'making great progress on an international stage'

In his St David's Day message, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has said that Wales is making great progress on an international stage, despite being a small nation.

St David's Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate all the things that make us Welsh - from our language and culture, to sport and spectacular scenery, we have a lot to be proud of.

This year we have even more to shout about as we have proved that Wales can punch above its weight on the global stage. We have shed old stereotypes to emerge as a strong contender in business.

St David's Day is an opportunity for us to take stock of all our achievements and to be proud of our ability as a small nation to punch well above our weight. People across the world will be joining our celebrations, with events taking place far and wide.

As we look forward to the year ahead with all the opportunities it offers, I wish you all a happy St David's Day. Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i bawb.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

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First Minister: We should celebrate 'all things Welsh'

The First Minister travelled to the USA in an attempt to raise the profile of Wales. Credit: Welsh Government

First Minister Carwyn Jones has issued his St David's Day message where he said that we should celebrate 'all the things that make us Welsh'.

Speaking from New York at the end of a five day trip to promotes Wales in the US, the First Minister said Wales' reputation as a great place to do business and host major events was growing and reiterated a commitment to continue to sell Wales to the world.

Read More: First Minister Carwyn Jones promotes Wales in America

PM: The 'very best' of Wales will be displayed this year

In his St David's Day message, Prime Minister David Cameron says he is looking forward to the many opportunities Wales will have this year to present the 'very best' of the country to a global audience.

St David's Day is a time to celebrate Wales' rich and illustrious history, its beautiful language and its cultural heritage. Yet this year, we also look forward to a time where Wales will have the opportunity to showcase its credentials on a truly international stage.

In September, the NATO Summit will be hosted in south Wales, providing everyone - from business leaders to school children - with a unique opportunity to present the very best of Wales to a global audience.

I hope that everyone seizes this opportunity to show Wales as a great place to live, to visit and to do business in. I'm pleased to be flying the Welsh flag over Downing Street today and I wish everyone a very happy St David's Day - Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus i bawb.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

The Welsh flag will be flown above 10 Downing Street in Westminster today to mark St David's Day.

Welsh flag flown at 10 Downing Street for St David's Day

The Welsh flag will fly above 10 Downing Street in Westminster to mark St David's Day. Credit: PA

The Welsh flag will be flown outside 10 Downing Street today to mark St David's Day. Prime Minister David Cameron says today should be a celebration of Wales' language and heritage and that there will be many opportunities this year to present the 'very best' of the country to a global audience.

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