His Majesty The King’s reply to the message of condolence at the Senedd

Published 16 September 2022

Through all the years of her reign, the land of Wales could not have been closer to my mother’s heart.  Roedd lle arbennig i Gymru yn ei chalon. 

Llywydd, Prif Weinidog, Aelodau o’r Senedd. [Presiding officer, First Minister, Members of the Senedd]


Diolch o galon ichi am eich geiriau caredig. [Heartfelt thanks for your kind words.]

I am deeply grateful for the Addresses of Condolence which so movingly pay tribute to our late Sovereign, my beloved mother The Queen.


Gwn y bydd Senedd a phobl Cymru yn rhannu fy nhristwch. [I know the Senedd and people of Wales share my sadness].


Through all the years of her reign, the land of Wales could not have been closer to my mother’s heart.  Roedd lle arbennig i Gymru yn ei chalon. [Wales had a special place in her heart.]


I know she took immense pride in your many great achievements – even as she also felt with you deeply in time of sorrow.


It must surely be counted the greatest privilege to belong to a land that could inspire such devotion.  I am resolved to honour that selfless example, in the spirit of the words by which I have always tried to live my own life: Ich Dien, I Serve. Gwasanaethaf.


Braint oedd bod yn Dywysog Cymru mor hir.  Yn awr, bydd fy mab William yn derbyn y teitl. Mae ganddo ef gariad dwfn at Gymru. [It was a privilege to be Prince of Wales for so long.  Now my son, William, will bear the title.  He has a deep love for Wales.]


I take up my new duties with immense gratitude for the privilege of having been able to serve as Prince of Wales.   That ancient title, dating from the time of those great Welsh rulers, like Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, whose memory is still rightly honoured, I now pass to my son, William, whose love for this corner of the Earth is made all the greater by the years he himself has spent here.


Boneddigion a boneddigesau, fel fy Mam annwyl o'm blaen, rwy’n gwybod ein bod ni oll yn caru’r wlad arbennig hon. [Ladies and gentlemen, like my beloved mother before me, I know we all share a love for this special land.]


Having visited the Senedd regularly since it was founded, and having heard your heartfelt words today, I know we all share the deepest commitment to the welfare of the people of this land and that we will all continue to work together to that end.


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