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Queen Officially Opens New Era for National Assembly

Queen Officially Opens New Era for National Assembly

The Queen arriving at Y Senedd

Queen Elizabeth II greets Assembly Members at the SeneddThe Queen has arrived at the Senedd for the fourth official opening of the National Assembly.

 

The monarch, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, were greeted by First Minister Carwyn Jones and new Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler as they arrived at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay for this morning's ceremony.

 

The new term of the Assembly will be the first time the institution has direct law-making powers, after March's referendum gave it powers in 20 devolved areas.

 

As she arrived at the Senedd, the Queen met three of the four party leaders. Plaid Cymru leader Ieaun Wyn Jones was away on holiday, and will return to the Senedd next week.

 

After giving a speech in the chamber to officially open the new Assembly, the Queen met visitors and dignatries in the Neuadd of the building.

 

Mr Jones said: “Today marks a new chapter for Wales. The historic vote on law making powers means that for the first time this institution will be able to introduce laws on devolved subjects without first needing to seek the powers from the UK Parliament.

 

“However, this new Welsh Government will not create legislation for the sake of it. These are challenging times and our focus will be to work tirelessly to improve public services in Wales and create opportunities for everyone. It is our job to protect the interests of our people and stand up for Wales.”

 

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