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Welsh election campaign to resume after Senedd tributes to Prince Philip on Monday

09 Apr 2021 2 minute read
Plaid Cymru campaigning in Rhondda in 2016. Picture: RhonddaPlaid Twitter feed

Campaigning in the Senedd election will resume after tributes to Prince Philip at the Senedd on Monday.

Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Conservatives, Welsh Labour and other parties paused their campaigns when the news was announced that the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II had died this morning.

Members of the Senedd will return on Monday, at 11am, to pay tribute to the life and service of The Duke of Edinburgh.

However, Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour have now announced that campaigning will resume afterwards, on Monday afternoon.

“Following the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, Plaid Cymru will resume campaigning Monday 12th of April, after tributes in the Senedd,” Plaid Cymru said.

It is not the first time a Royal death has led to the suspension of a devolution poll in Wales. Campaigning was also suspended for a week following the death of Princess Diana on 31 August before the referendum to set up the Welsh Assembly on September 18, 1997.

Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip’s death this morning.

He had travelled from Windsor, where he has lived full-time since his retirement, to London for a brief hospital stay earlier this year. He ultimately spent a month at hospital before his release in March after heart surgery.

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