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Welsh Secretary makes way for Queen

Questions to Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb in the House of Commons have been postponed so that MPs can pay tribute to the Queen instead. He was due to answer Welsh questions on Wednesday, the day Her Majesty becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

I have agreed that questions to the Secretary of State for Wales should be postponed from this Wednesday until the following week, Wednesday September 16, to allow the House to mark the occasion on which Her Majesty the Queen will become our longest serving monarch. Prime Minister's Questions will take place as usual afterwards at 12 noon.

– House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP


Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Wales visit announced

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit South Wales next week Credit: PA

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit South Wales next week, it has been announced.

They will spend two days in Pembrokeshire, Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly county on 29 and 30 April.

The couple will visit Prince's Gate Spring Water, in Narberth, Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, and Royal Dockyard Chapel, in Pembroke Dock.

On Wednesday they will visit Ystrad Mynach and Llantwit Major.

Poet, 85, receives letter from Buckingham Palace

Doreen Atwell published her book of poems this year at the age of 85. Credit: The Old Bakehouse

An 85-year-old woman has received a letter from Buckingham Palace after publishing a book of 94 poems.

Doreen Atwell from Cwmbran used to write poems on scraps of wallpaper more than 30 years ago, because she couldn't afford writing paper.

One of her poems was written about the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

With the help of her daughter, Doreen published the book this year and sent copies to the Queen and Princes William and Harry after also writing a poem about their mother, Diana.

She has since received a letter from Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to thank her and to say that her book was 'greatly appreciated'.


Two protestors arrested following Queen's visit

Two men have been arrested following the Queen's visit to Wales.

One man was arrested after attempting to gain access to a section of road which had been closed off to the public, as part of a security operation, during the Queen's visit.

The man is currently being questioned by police.

South Wales Police also arrested a second man to prevent a breach of the peace ahead of Her Majesty's visit to Cyfartha Castle in Merthyr.

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