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King and Queen arrive at Senedd to mark 25 years of Welsh Parliament

They will be greeted by primary school children from across the country and will meet the First Minister.

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The King and Queen walk alongside a stone-built wall

The King and Queen have arrived at the Senedd in Cardiff to mark 25 years of Welsh devolution.

It is the first visit by Charles to the Welsh Parliament since September 2022, when he received a motion of condolence after the death of the late Queen.

As they arrived, troops from the Royal Welsh formed a guard of honour.

The couple will be greeted by children representing schools across Wales, before meeting the Llywydd (presiding officer) Elin Jones and First Minister Vaughan Gething.

First Minister of Wales Vaughan Gething speaks in front of a red backdrop
First Minister of Wales Vaughan Gething (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Inside the Senedd, Charles and Camilla will meet party and parliamentary leaders and hear a performance by the King’s new harpist, Mared Pugh-Evans, in her first performance in the position.

Two poems written by Aron Pritchard will be performed – one written when he was a school pupil to mark the 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, will also perform.

The King will then give a speech marking the 25th anniversary of the Senedd, after which the Llywydd will close the session.

The visit coincides with a new law which will see the size of the Senedd increase to 96 members from 2026.

Before the visit, Ms Jones said: “Twenty-five years ago, Wales embarked on a transformative journey, electing the National Assembly for Wales.

“Since then the Senedd has become a fully fledged Parliament, able to make laws in areas crucial to people’s lives.”

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