The King and Queen visit Wales


The King and Queen have carried out a number of engagements in Wales, marking their first visit to the country since the Coronation.

The King and Queen in Brecon

Greeted by local children from Priory Church in Wales, Their Majesties visited Brecon Cathedral and met members of the community who are involved in the life of Cathedral, including Friends of Brecon Cathedral, which His Majesty was Patron of as Prince of Wales.

The Queen in Brecon Cathedral

Built in the 12th century, Brecon Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, is set in the only walled cathedral close in Wales – with a weekly congregation of 80, it hosts civic and military services.

Their Majesties then watched a short programme of music by performers from the Brecon Choir Festival, including the winner of the Young Singer Award singing the Benedictus from Rod Paton’s Ascension Jazzmass - the Ascension Jazzmass was originally commissioned to celebrate 150 years of Bishop Otter College.

The King with clergy in Brecon Cathedral

The King and Queen also saw a solo performance from the Ascension Jazzmass which is the opening concert of this year’s festival. This will be accompanied by members from The Ascension and Cathedral choirs as well as musicians who are students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, of which His Majesty was long standing President as Prince of Wales.

The King meets members of the congregation in Brecon Cathedral

Later, Their Majesties met members of the local community - including some of Wales' Coronation Champions - at Theatr Brycheiniog.

The King and Queen meet an Alpaca at a country show

The King and Queen saw elements of Brecknock Agricultural Society’s annual show, of which His Majesty was Patron as Prince of Wales, including livestock, local food and drink producers and representatives from Black Mountains College, a new college based in Brecon with courses specialising in adapting to the climate emergency.

At Brecon Barracks, The King met members of 160 Brigade, the regional army command for Wales.

The King meets the 106 Brigade's mascot

The 160 Brigade supported the people of Wales during the recent pandemic with UK Resilience Operations Joint Military Command leading on the delivery of support to the Welsh civil authorities. The Brigade also stood up as Joint Military Command, Wales, supporting the Coronation of Their Majesties.

The King meets members of the 160 Brigade

Meanwhile, The Queen visited Calan DVS - a charity in Wales operating services for adults, children, and young people (CYP) across South, Mid and West Wales. Calan’s objectives are to relieve the distress, suffering and poverty experienced by individuals and families exposed to domestic abuse and sexual violence, and to educate the public regarding the causes and effects of domestic abuse and methods of prevention.

The Queen visits Calan

During the visit, Her Majesty met staff and heard more about the work that Calan DVS offers throughout Wales.

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