Her Majesty The Queen has officially opened the sixth session of the Senedd Cymru in Cardiff Bay.
Accompanied by Charles, the Prince of Wales, she was greeted by a Royal Guard from the Royal Navy as she approached the Senedd building and music from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth, as well as a 21-gun salute from 104 Regiment (V) Royal Artillery.
Soldiers and airman from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the Royal Air Force were also represented, in the military parade.
After taking the Royal Salute, the Queen moved into the Senedd building where she witnessed creative presentations by participants from all over Wales.
During the official opening ceremony, the Queen made a speech in the Senedd’s chamber to the assembly and listened to addresses from Elin Jones MS, the Llywydd (Speaker) of the Senedd and First Minister Mark Drakeford MS.
In her speech the Queen said:
Due to ongoing COVID restrictions some of these, for the first time were done online and Her Majesty was able to watch a mixture of pre-recorded and live performances.
The speech continued:
The ceremonial Mace was also carried into the Senedd and placed in its sconce to signify the official opening of the sixth Senedd.