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If AMs can't agree on First Minister, there'll be another election

The Assembly authorities have issued guidance on how a failure to nominate a First Minister would eventually lead to a new election. Carwyn Jones remains in post for now -he serves "at Her Majesty's pleasure" but AMs have 28 days to either nominate him once again to the Queen or put forward somebody else. The 28 days began on polling day -May 5- and end on June 1.

The First Minister of Wales is the leader of the Welsh Government and is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen following nomination by Assembly Members.

A First Minister must be nominated by the Assembly within 28 days, so by the end of 1 June 2016. The First Minister is nominated by the Assembly and the nomination is submitted by the Presiding Officer for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's approval. She is responsible for appointing the First Minister. If a First Minister isn't nominated within 28 days of the election, another Welsh general election must be held.

The Presiding Officer, following consultation with the political parties, will notify Members of the date and time of the next Plenary meeting, where another vote by roll call can take place.

– National Assembly for Wales

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'.

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