The King’s convoy has now left the Welsh Parliament and is heading towards Cardiff Castle. He spent several minutes meeting and greeting well-wishers. The crowd that gathered may not have been as dark as we have seen in recent days, there seemed to be a lot of laughter and smiles as the king spoke to the people.
The regimental goat mascot of the Third Battalion of the Royal Welsh Regiment, who is known as “Corporal Shenkin IV”, will be at the castle when the King arrives.
The King and Queen will now attend a reception for local charities at Cardiff Castle. First Minister Mark Drakeford will also be in attendance.
Here are some more pictures from the new King and Queen’s visit to Cardiff today, where the monarch addressed the Senedd after receiving expressions of sympathy from the Senedd Speaker, Elin Jones and the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford.
We reminded the police and wardens that citizens who are not in line to see the Queen’s coffin can access the wall of the National Covid Memorial after people’s access to the site has been blocked.
Grieving relatives and civil liberties campaigners expressed concern after police and wardens blocked access, while a member of the public was told he could be arrested for disorderly conduct if he tried to access the public space.
Fran Hall, spokeswoman for Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, who lost her husband to the virus in October 2020, told the Guardian: “I literally went to the top of the steps of Westminster Bridge and explained that my husband’s name was on the wall. They said there was no access until Tuesday except for the media or people who had wristbands to queue.
“I just couldn’t believe it and unfortunately it made me feel marginalized and excluded in the way that bereaved families generally experience at the moment. There is a growing feeling that we are uncomfortable.”
After Scotland Yard contacted the Guardian today, a spokesperson said: “Members of the public who are not in line to see Her Majesty the Queen lying in state at the ceremony can still access the National Covid Remembrance Wall.”
“Police officers and marshals along the route reminded of this.”
Sam Grant, head of policy and campaigns at civil liberties group Liberty, said: “We all want to be treated fairly, but this week the police have consistently shown that they are not using their powers reasonably or proportionately, and this is affecting our basic rights.
“The overzealous policing we’ve seen since the Queen’s death is very worrying. This week we’ve heard reports of people being threatened with arrest for simply trying to visit the Covid-19 Wall of Mourning in Westminster, under the same ‘breach of the peace’ rationale used against anti-monarchy protesters.
“Important public spaces, such as the Wall of those bereaved by Covid, should remain accessible and open to citizens who wish to access it. The police are abusing their broad and subjective powers in a way that stifles the fundamental rights of the public.”
Elin Jones leads King Charles through a meeting with select people in the corridor outside the Senedd hall and has just told the monarch: “This is a book of mourning, you don’t have to sign it”, possibly referring to the pencil incidents that have already occurred during the new monarch’s tour of the nations .
In his address, the new king also said: “I have visited the Senedd regularly since it was established, and after hearing your heartfelt words today, I know that we all share the deepest commitment to the welfare of the people of this country, and that we will all continue to work together towards that end. “
King Charles now greets and chats with people outside Cardiff Hall. During his speech he said:
I take up my new duties with immense gratitude for the privilege of serving as the Prince of Wales.
He then referred to his son William, who was named the new Prince of Wales, saying he was passing the title on to one “whose love for this corner of the Earth is all the greater because of the years he himself has spent here”.
Elin Jones brought the proceedings to a close, saying that the last words of Queen Elizabeth II. which she spoke in the hall were the same words with which King Charles opened his address today, the phrase “thank you from the bottom of my heart” in Welsh.
King Charles referred to the 13th century Welsh hero, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, who was Prince of Wales and was killed by English forces in 1282.
King Charles said that throughout the years of her reign, Wales could not have been closer to Queen Elizabeth II’s heart, and that she was immensely proud of Wales’ many great achievements, and that she also deeply felt their times of national sorrow.
The new king said he had decided to continue with her lessons and invoked the Prince of Wales’ motto – Ich dien – I serve.
Like Elin Jones, Drakeford also spoke in Welsh and English. King Charles III began to speak and also began by addressing the Senedd in Welsh.
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, now he is addressing the guest. He said that when the Senedd debated the death of Queen Elizabeth II, “many of the contributions were somber” reflecting “a sense of sadness, loss and national significance”.
But he also said that “there were just as many human stories, about a life dedicated to service and duty, but imbued with that keen sense of interest that the Queen always showed towards the people she met.”
Elin Jones began the English part of her address by saying:
We know that so many of the people we represent are grieving, some shaken by her loss, and are holding you and your family in their hearts and prayers at this time.
She shared an anecdote about corgis from the Queen’s last visit to Wales, noting that corgi is literally Welsh for “little dog”.
Jones also spoke about the history of devolution in Wales, saying:
The Queen was with us in 1999 at the opening of our first new assembly. She shared our devolution journey. She has attended each of our six openings, each time commenting on the development of our powers to become a national parliament. The Queen respected this parliament because she respected the democratic choice of our people.
In the Senedd, the king and queen consort were welcomed and the lywydd of the Senedd read their condolences, Elin Jones.
He is referring to the last visit of Queen Elizabeth II, who was supposed to open the last session of the Senedd eleven months ago. The address was given in Welsh and English.
Screams of excitement and general good mood when King Charles met the crowd outside Llandaff Cathedral.
Susie Eardley presented the king with a red rose. She said:
He gave me a red rose in 1983 when he visited a conservation project at Dunraven Castle in South Wales. He had a red rose in his lapel and pinned it to my overalls. I thought I’d give him a rose today.
Lynda Fowler was overjoyed to meet the king. She said:
He touched my veteran’s badge. I was in the RAF. I can’t wait to tell my grandchildren, they will be very excited. I came around fifteen to eight to find my place. It was worth the wait.
The Welsh language was at the center of a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford reading from the First Book of Kings in Welsh.
Camilla, the Queen Consort, wore a leek brooch given to her by the Queen.
The King and his Queen arrived at the Senedd in Cardiff to receive condolences.
The royal ensign is now erected in front of the building where the couple are greeted by the royal family and the first minister.
They entered the Senedd where they were met by staff on the Oriel balcony.