The Diamond Jubilee tour of the United Kingdom continued today, April 26, when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived by royal train in Wales. After formal greetings, their first stop on the two-day visit was to Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, where the British Royals attended a thanksgiving service for the Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have been touring the United Kingdom since March to see as many British people as possible during the Queen’s Jubilee year.
According to the BBC, 600 people attended the service, which was conducted by Reverend John Lewis. The Archibishop of Wales, Dr. Barry Morgan, drew attention to the Queen’s faith:
“Over the last 60 years, amidst all the shifting sands of public opinion and different viewpoints, you have regarded the Christian faith as the rock on which you have been able to draw strength and comfort.”
Afterwards, the Royals headed to lunch at Margan Country Park in Port Talbot. There among the guests was the Welsh rugby team, which this year had won the rugby Grand Slam for the third time in eight years. Wales beat all its competitors in the Six Nations tournament, but team members still reportedly said they were “nervous” to meet the Queen. The reception took place in Margan’s orangery, a large conservatory built in the late 18th century.
The last visit of the day was to Cyfarthfa High School in Merthyr Tydfil, which celebrates its centennial this year. The Royals also toured Cyfarthfa Castle Museum. During their time in Merthyr, the Queen and Prince Philip talked to mountain rescue workers and Scouts, and saw fashion designed by Laura Ashley and Julien McDonald. The Jubilee tour will continue April 27 when the Queen and Prince Philip move on to Aberfan, Powys, Port Talbot and Ebbw Vale.
Sources: Court circular; BBC Wales; History of Margam Park;
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