Queen to visit Senedd for fourth time to open the sixth session
The Queen will attend the official opening of the sixth session of the Senedd on Thursday 14 October.
It will be the fourth time the Queen has visited the Senedd. She attended the official opening on 27 May 1999, and also opened the new Senedd building in 2006 and the fifth Senedd in 2016.
During the official opening of the Senedd, the Queen will make a speech in the Senedd’s chamber, as will the Llywydd of the Senedd, Elin Jones MS, and First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS.
The event will include creative performances by participants from all over Wales, but, due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, for the first time it will involve a mixture of in-person and pre-recorded performances.
The ceremonial Mace will be carried into the Senedd and placed in its sconce to signify the official opening of the sixth Senedd.
“Following the May elections and a delay due to Covid restrictions, I’m excited we can confirm the official opening of the Senedd will take place on 14 October,” the Llywydd, Elin Jones, said.
The date of the official opening was delayed this year due to the coronavirus restrictions.
It was revealed last month that the UK Government had originally advised against the Queen attending the opening of the Welsh Assembly if the people of Wales voted for it because it would be “wholly subordinate” to Westminster.
A Home Office official said that as the Assembly would not be able to make laws at the start it would have no direct relationship with the Monarch.
A newly published letter from a civil servant to the Welsh Office on 19 June 1997 says: “Although it is intended that The Queen or Her representative should formally open the Scottish Parliament, we do not think that the same treatment would be appropriate for the Welsh Assembly, which has no primary legislative functions.”
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