King Charles speaks Welsh in first visit to country as monarch | UK News

King Charles has addressed the Senedd in Welsh on his first visit to the country as monarch.

After receiving condolences from the Welsh parliament following the death of the Queen, the King said he was “deeply grateful”.

King Charles, who was Prince of Wales for 64 years, said in Welsh: “I know the Senedd and people of Wales share my sadness. Wales had a special place in her heart.”

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The country’s First Minister Mark Drakeford paid tribute to the Queen and described her reign as “unrivalled in its length and reach”.

The King arrives at Llandaff Cathedral
King Charles greets crowds
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King Charles greets crowds

Earlier, the King and Queen Consort attended a remembrance service for the Queen at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.

As they arrived in Wales by helicopter, the King waved to cheering crowds as a royal gun salute was fired.

The couple were then driven to the cathedral where Prime Minister Liz Truss was among those present at the service.

The Archbishop of Wales, Bishop of Bangor Andy John, made the King chuckle after he said to the service: “We will never look at a jar of marmalade again in the same way,” referring to the Queen’s performance with Paddington Bear at her Platinum Jubilee.

King Charles and Mark Drakeford
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King Charles and Mark Drakeford
Schoolchildren wait for King Charles to arrive at Cardiff Castle
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Schoolchildren at Cardiff Castle

Afterwards, the King and Queen Consort shook hands with members of the public in Cardiff, who greeted them with cheers and flowers.

King Charles then travelled to Cardiff Castle, where he met Mr Drakeford. The first 2,000 people in the queue at the castle were allowed entry.

While thousands of people were expected to join the crowds, some people held signs protesting against the monarchy.

The trip marks the next leg of the monarch’s home nations tour after visiting Northern Ireland and Scotland, following the Queen’s death.

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King Charles will now return to London for a vigil beside the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall alongside Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew at around 7.30pm.

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Meanwhile, thousands of people will continue to queue to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall.

The queue to see the coffin was shut for six hours on Friday morning after reaching capacity – stretching 4.9 miles with a wait time of 14 hours, the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport said.

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