Two Flintshire teens among select group to meet King Charles III at the Senedd on Friday
Members of the Welsh Youth Parliament will play their part in history on Friday, as some of the first people to meet King Charles III during his first visit to Wales.
A group of twelve Youth Parliament Members – including two from Flintshire – will meet The King and the Queen Consort on Friday, 16 September.
Laura Green, 17, from Mold, the member for Delyn and Leaola Roberts-Biggs 18, from Deeside who represents Alyn & Deeside will have the opportunity to talk to the King and Camilla about their work representing the voices and opinions of Wales’ young people.
The visit is part of a day of Royal engagements in the Capital, which also include a Service of Reflection at Llandaff Cathedral and a reception at Cardiff Castle.
And there will be more links to Flintshire, during the service, the choir will sing the anthem A Welsh Prayer, composed by Royal Composer Paul Mealor with words by Dr Grahame Davies.
St Asaph born Paul was brought up in Connah’s Quay, he won worldwide acclaim after he composed the motet Ubi caritas, sung at the Westminster Abbey Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
He also wrote a number of works for the diamond jubilee celebrations of the late Queen.
I am honoured that my ‘A Welsh Prayer’ – to words by Grahame Davies – will be performed at Wales’s National Service of Remembrance for Her Late Majesty on Friday by the Cathedral Choir with harpists Alis Huws & Catrin Finch conducted by Stephen Moorehttps://t.co/ZzuxbJJTOZ
— Prof. Paul Mealor OStJ (@PaulMealor) September 14, 2022
Paul Mealor is one of the world’s most ‘performed’ living composers and has been described as, ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias.’
Following the service, their Majesties will go to the Welsh Parliament around lunchtime on Friday afternoon to receive a Motion of Condolence from Members of the Senedd.
On Sunday 11 September, the Senedd met for an extraordinary session to debate the Motion of Condolence and pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
Senedd members agreed the following Motion of Condolence without a vote:
“That this Senedd expresses its deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty The Queen and offers its sincere condolences to His Majesty The King and other Members of the Royal Family. ”
“We recognise Her Majesty’s enduring commitment to public service and duty, including her support for many Welsh charities and organisations, and her lifelong association with Wales and its people.”
The official release from the Senedd notes, “People are welcome to gather at all locations, to pay respects to Their Majesties. At Cardiff Castle, 2,000 members of the public – on a first come, first served basis – will also be welcomed into the grounds.
“The public are also invited to line the route to welcome the Royal Party as it approaches and departs the Castle.”
“People wishing to pay their respects at the Senedd are welcome to gather outside the building in Cardiff Bay, where the proceedings will be shown live on large screens.”
The King’s visit to the Senedd will be broadcast live on the BBC and Senedd.tv
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