Queen looks radiant in pink as she steps out with a walking stick again to open Welsh parliament
The Queen put on a vibrant appearance as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd today.
The monarch, 95, arrived alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as they visited the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff.
Dressed in a pink coat and matching hat, the royal cut a colourful figure as she made her way down the red carpet with a walking stick.
The Queen wore a diamond daffodil brooch in a nod to the national flower of Wales.
Camilla, 74, looked radiant in a red coat dress and coordinating hat, smiling as she ascended the red carpet with Prince Charles, 73, who wore a mask.
The Queen wore diamond a daffodil brooch in a nod to the national flower of Wales as she delivered a speech inside the Siambr Chamber in Cardiff today
The Queen put on a vibrant appearance as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd today and was pictured using her walking stick for the second time this week
Camilla, 74, looked radiant in a red coat dress and coordinating hat, smiling as she ascended the red carpet with Prince Charles, 73, who wore a mask
It is the first time the royal has visited Wales in five years.
The event was due to take place shortly after the election in May, but was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Queen made a speech in the Senedd chamber, followed by addresses from Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford and Senedd speaker Elin Jones.
There will be a mixture of recorded and live performances from Welsh artists, centred around the theme Your Voice.
The monarch, 95, arrived alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as they visited the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff
Mr Drakeford said the Queen opening the Senedd ‘marks the significance of the Parliament’ in the nation.
He told Sky News: ‘Decisions are made in four different parliaments and I know the Queen has always taken very seriously the job that she does in marking that.
‘As I say, she’s never missed an opening of a new Senedd term and despite the circumstances, and her age, she will be making that effort again today.’
Camilla looked resplendent in a red hat embroidered with mistletoe
Members of the royal family will also greet pupils from Mount Stuart Primary School at the front of the Senedd, where the Welsh and British national anthems will be played, and a royal salute will be given by the Royal Navy with the Band of the Royal Marines.
The WNO Youth Opera – which has not performed live in 18 months due to coronavirus restrictions – will perform Ar Lan y Mor.
Other party leaders, members of Wales’s first Youth Parliament and local dignitaries who have supported their communities during the pandemic will also get the chance to meet the royal party.
The ceremonial mace will be carried into the Senedd by a member of the the security team, Shahzad Khan, and placed in its sconce to signify the official opening of the sixth Senedd.
Earlier this month, the Queen officially opened the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
The Queen’s full speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Senedd in Cardiff
‘Llywydd, First Minister, and Members of the Senedd, it is a pleasure to be with you today, and I congratulate you on your recent election.
You have been entrusted to be the voice of the people of Wales – to represent their interests when decisions that affect their everyday lives are debated and decided within these walls.
When I was here for the last opening in 2016, I noted that the Fifth Assembly would mark a significant development in the history of devolution in Wales.
Since then, further measures have been taken to strengthen the foundations of your Parliamentary democracy. The Wales Act 2017 established this parliament on a new basis, and you have used this legislation to help the public better understand your work, and to include more people in the democratic process.
As a result, 2 this parliament is now recognised in law as Senedd Cymru, or the Welsh Parliament. The name reflects this institution’s evolution over its 22 years into one with law-making powers over a wide range of areas that are central to Welsh life, and the ability to vary taxes. It demonstrates your status as a national parliament, working on behalf of the people of Wales.
You are also reaching out to every generation and the establishment of the first Welsh Youth Parliament has provided another opportunity for the voices of young people to be heard, enabling them to make a valuable contribution to the Senedd’s work.
You are also to be commended for your innovation. This was the first of the United Kingdom’s legislatures to hold a formal virtual meeting. The fact that all parties showed a determination that you should continue to meet is commendable, and testament to your commitment to scrutinise the Government, on behalf of the people of Wales.
I have spoken before about how recent times have, in many ways, brought us closer together. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who have risen so magnificently to the challenges of the last 18 months – 3 from key workers to volunteers, who have done so much to serve their communities. They are shining examples of the spirit for which the Welsh people are so renowned, a spirit which I have personally encountered so many times.
It is a source of pleasure that both The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, together with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have had homes in Wales, and experienced its very special sense of community.
The Welsh people have much to be proud of and over the next five years, I am sure you will continue to be inspired by their indomitable spirit, as you represent the interests of Wales and its people, make laws for Wales, and hold the Welsh Government to account.
There are many challenges ahead as you work together to promote the well-being of the people of Wales, and support the recovery effort. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and I extend our warmest good wishes to you for the Sixth session of this Parliament, and hope you have every success with your endeavours. Diolch o gallon.’
Dressed in a pink coat and matching hat, the royal cut a colourful figure as she made her way down the red carpet