King and Queen visit Senedd to mark its 25th anniversary

  • The King and Queen arrived this morning

The King and Queen have visited the Senedd to mark its 25th anniversary.

The Royal Welsh formed a Guard of Honour for Charles and Camilla's arrival - which was the first time the King saw them since he was appointed their Colonel-in-Chief on St David’s Day.

They were greeted by primary school children representing schools from across Wales, a civic line-up, the Llywydd, presiding officer Elin Jones, and Vaughan Gething, the First Minister of Wales.

Once inside the Senedd, Charles and Camilla were met by party and parliamentary leaders.

As they entered the Siambr, Mared Pugh-Evans, who has been appointed the King’s harpist, played – her first performance in her new position.

Charles and Camilla visited the Senedd in October 2021 with the late Queen to mark the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd. Credit: PA Images

The Llywydd made opening remarks, followed by Mr Gething and the party leaders.

Two poems written by Aron Pritchard were then be performed, one written when he was a school pupil 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.

A choir from a local primary school, Ysgol Treganna, also performed.

ITV Wales' Rob Osborne caught up with them afterwards

The King then gave a speech after which the Llywydd closed the session.

Entering the Cwrt, Charles and Camilla were introduced to members of Senedd staff who have worked at the parliament for 25 years, or who are 25 years old.

They also met members of the Senedd.

Before leaving, the King and Queen had the opportunity to meet members of the community who have contributed to key moments in the Senedd’s history, including the petitioner who successfully started a campaign for carrier bag charges, and Welsh Youth Parliament representatives.

The Any Body Can Choir performed in the background, which is made up of children who would not ordinarily get the opportunity to try musical activities.

Charles and Camilla last visited the Senedd in September 2022, receiving a motion of condolence following the death of the late Queen.

They also visited the Senedd in October 2021 with the late Queen. The visit marked the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd.

Throughout this year, the Senedd will be celebrating and reflecting on its 25 years and looking to the future.

Planned activities include an exhibition, in partnership with the National Library of Wales Political Archives, displaying items from key milestones in the past 25 years, and an exhibition featuring members of the community who have contributed to the Senedd’s story so far.

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