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Llywydd invokes Owain Glyndŵr and the king Llywelyn ap Gruffudd as he visits the Senedd

16 Sep 2022 3 minute read
King Charles III’s visit to the Senedd

The Llywydd of the Senedd mentioned Owain Glyndŵr, a Welsh prince who fought a war of independence, as she welcomed the new King to the Senedd.

The new King’s first visit to Wales happened to coincide with Owain Glyndŵr Day when the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales was crowned in 1404 and lead a war of rebellion against the English King.

From Glyndwr’s first Senate of the 15th century in Machynlleth, to the one in which we are gathered today, Our story is old, but our democracy is young and ambitious,” the Llywydd Elin Jones said.

Charles III responded by himself invoking the “Great Welsh Princes” including “Llywelyn ap Gruffydd whose memory is still rightly honoured”.

Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, or Llywelyn the Last, was the last independent prince of Wales before its conquest by Edward I of England.

Large sections of his speech were in Welsh, as he responded to the Senedd by saying “thank you for your kind words” and saying “there was a special place for Wales in the Queen’s heart”.

“It was an honour to be the Prince of Wales for so long,” he continued in Welsh. “Now my son William will receive that title. He has a great deal of love for Wales.

“We all love this very special country.”

A group of republican protesters had stationed themselves outside Cardiff Castle.

Banners included phrases such as “Abolish the Monarchy”, “Citizen not subject” and “Democracy now”.

Giant Owain Glyndwr flags were held aloft by some demonstrators, with one man holding up a placard saying: “End Prince of Wales title”.

‘Service’

Upon their arrival at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, the King and Queen Consort were received by the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Morfudd Meredith, the Llywydd (presiding officer) Elin Jones, and First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Hundreds of people, including schoolchildren, were outside the Senedd and cheered as Charles and Camilla arrived, with many waving Wales flags.

In the Siambr, First Minister Mark Drakeford stood to propose the Motion of Condolence in English and Welsh and the King then stood to reply in both languages.

The motion, which was agreed at an extraordinary session of the Senedd held last Sunday, said: “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 King responded: “Through all the years of her reign, the land of Wales could not be closer to my mother’s heart.

“I know she took immense pride in your many great achievements, even as she also felt you deeply in great times of sorrow.

“It must surely be counted the greatest achievement to belong to a land that inspired so much devotion.

“I am resolved to honour that same example in the spirit of the words I always try to live my own life – Ich dien – I Serve.”

The session was closed by the Llywdd Elin Jones, who then escorted Charles and Camilla to the courtyard area where they viewed condolence messages and met 12 members of the Welsh Youth Parliament.


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Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
12 days ago

Gwarth ei fod yn ymweld heddiw o bob diwrnod. Ni ddylai Senedd Cymru fod wedi derbyn yr ymweliad ar y dydd hwn.

hdavies15
hdavies15
12 days ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

Senedd Cymru ? – mwy fel Corff Hybu Gwladychu ein gwlad.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
12 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Dyna maent yn arbenigwyr arno. Llywodraeth Vichy a Chwislingaidd Cymru. Wele eu cynlliau datblygu (gwladychu!!) lleol lle maent i bob pwrpas yn gorfodi cynghorau sir i godi llawer mwy o dai na sydd eu heisiau mewn gwirionedd, oherwydd ‘amcanestyniadau poblogaeth.’ Ac yna, heb rithyn o eironi, gelwir y datblygiadau hyn yn ‘settlements’, sef yr union bethau ydynt.

George
George
12 days ago

There are few better way of showing love for Wales than giving up Prince of Wales title. Charles and now William wouldn’t qualify for Welsh rugby or Welsh football so what basis is there for that title?

I’d even accept changing it to Prince for Wales showing it’s a role where Wales is lead but current status is a mockery of us.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
12 days ago

I commend the Llywydd.

Glad to see someone defending our history and culture.

Gareth Westacott
Gareth Westacott
12 days ago

Cwislingiaid!

Last edited 12 days ago by Gareth Westacott
Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
11 days ago

Dyna ydy’r gair!

Ioan Vestitor
Ioan Vestitor
12 days ago

“The new King’s first visit to Wales happened to coincide with Owain Glyndŵr Day”

It “happened” to coincide, did it? Does anyone really think that the timing of the visit was an accident?

CJPh
CJPh
11 days ago
Reply to  Ioan Vestitor

Totally, you really think he and his team gives us and our history and culture due consideration?

CJPh
CJPh
12 days ago

A public apology for the murder and public display of our last King’s head in your capital city would be a good start, rather than glibly invoking his name. Then abolish the title and office of Prince of Wales. Then turn over the control of the crown estates in Wales to her people. Then decree that all English institutions must return all stolen treasures to us. After that, I would entertain the possibility that he’s telling the truth about his affection for Cymru.

Shân Morgain
12 days ago

Well the new King of England has just flung his German identity in our faces.

“I am resolved to honour that same example in the spirit of the words I always try to live my own life – Ich dien – I Serve

That’s GERMAN Charlie – our enemies in the last world war and our enemies who drove the British back into Wales. Clumsy boy.

Dirk Shorn David
Dirk Shorn David
11 days ago
Reply to  Shân Morgain

Wonderful. A self hating English woman gets all xenophobic towards Germany.

Open, welcoming friend-of-Europe, Cymru, eh?

Kenneth Vivian
Kenneth Vivian
10 days ago

Desperate logic.

Kenneth Vivian
Kenneth Vivian
10 days ago

The English capitulated to French rule from 1066 whilst the Welsh resisted for four centuries,. driving out the last Pantagenet in 1485 to create Arthur Tudor, the last real Prince of Wales whose funeral was festooned with Welsh regalia and red Dragon banners.

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