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Entertainment Queen makes first visit to Wales in five years, joined by Prince Charles and Camilla for opening of sixth Senedd

08:51  15 october  2021
08:51  15 october  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Queen Elizabeth made her first visit to Wales in five years on Thursday.

The monarch, who was welcomed to town with a 21-Gun salute, was joined for the outing by son Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The 95-year-old arrived for the Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) in Cardiff carrying a walking stick again.

Queen Elizabeth made her first visit to Wales in five years on Thursday © Getty Queen Elizabeth made her first visit to Wales in five years on Thursday The 95-year-old arrived for the Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) in Cardiff carrying a walking stick again © Getty The 95-year-old arrived for the Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) in Cardiff carrying a walking stick again

The Queen was first spotted with a cane earlier this week, at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

Queen opens Welsh parliament

  Queen opens Welsh parliament The Queen put on a vibrant appearance as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd today, using a walking stick for support for the second time this week.The monarch, 95, arrived alongside the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as they visited the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff.

It's the first time in 17 years Her Majesty has used a walking aide but insiders say it is 'for comfort' and not medical reasons.

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During the Queen's address to parliament, she praised the Welsh for being among the first to embrace technology amid the coronavirus pandemic before giving a shout out to frontline workers for their efforts.

"You are also to be commended for your innovation," Her Majesty said, dressed in a soft pink dress coat and hat.

The monarch was joined for the outing by son Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall © AP The monarch was joined for the outing by son Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall depart after the opening ceremony © Getty Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall depart after the opening ceremony

"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.

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"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 - 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."

Her Majesty also praised the locals for their warm hospitality to Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall listen as Llywydd (presiding officer) Elin Jones gives her opening remarks inside the Siambr (Chamber) during the ceremonial opening of the Sixth Senedd in Cardiff, Wales. © Getty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall listen as Llywydd (presiding officer) Elin Jones gives her opening remarks inside the Siambr (Chamber) during the ceremonial opening of the Sixth Senedd in Cardiff, Wales. Queen Elizabeth signs a commemorative parchment after praising Welsh officials and frontline workers for how they dealt with the pandemic © Getty Queen Elizabeth signs a commemorative parchment after praising Welsh officials and frontline workers for how they dealt with the pandemic

"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," she said.

Queen Elizabeth smiled broadly and waved as she left parliament, carrying a posy in hand.

The monarch last visited for the opening ceremony of the Fifth Session of the Senedd, held in 2016.

Queen Elizabeth smiled broadly and waved as she left parliament, carrying a posy in hand © Getty Queen Elizabeth smiled broadly and waved as she left parliament, carrying a posy in hand

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