King Charles arrives in Wales for 1st time since ascending to throne before standing vigil around Queen's coffin tonight | The Sun

CHARLES arrived in Wales for the first time today since becoming King for a poignant service to remember his beloved mother.

The Monarch has travelled to Cardiff with Queen Consort Camilla as he continues his tour of the home nations.




They are attending a service of prayer and reflection at Llandaff Cathedral before receiving condolences at the Welsh parliament.

King Charles smiled as the service was told the UK would never look at a marmalade sandwich or James Bond in the same way following his mother's death

The good-humoured Queen famously held a tea party with Paddington Bear where she revealed what was in her handbag and enjoyed a skit at the 2012 Olympics with 007.

It comes as…

  • Prince William will lead the Queen's grandchildren at a poignant vigil at her coffin tomorrow
  • Prince Harry will wear his uniform at the vigil after being granted permission by King Charles
  • The list of 500 heads of state and dignitaries attending the Queen's funeral has been confirmed
  • Sophie Wessex is reportedly set to take on a number of the Queen's old roles
  • Queen Consort Camilla has been soldiering on with her duties despite breaking a toe two weeks ago
  • Entry to see the Queen lying in state has been paused for at least six hours
  • A minute-by-minute guide on the Queen's funeral details has been released

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford gave a reading at the event, which is also attended by PM Liz Truss.

The service is in both English and Welsh, which Charles has some fluency in after spending a year in Aberystwyth while at university.

A 21-gun salute was sounded from Cardiff Castle to signal the former Prince of Wales had arrived in the country in his helicopter.

Crowds waving both Union and Welsh flags cheered as he was driven through the streets to the cathedral.

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Some had gathered since 3am to see the King and Queen Consort.

King Charles will later hold a private audience with Mr Drakeford.

He is also attending a reception hosted by the Welsh Government after visiting Northern Ireland and Scotland earlier this week.

The country holds a special place in Charles' heart after he held the title of Prince of Wales for more than 64 years.

His son William has now been given the honour – with Kate Middleton holding the title of Princess of Wales for the first time since Princess Diana.

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King Charles is heading back to London tonight where he is hosting faith leaders in the Bow Room of Buckingham Palace.

His duties are continuing today following a day of rest yesterday where he remembered his mother at his Highgrove home.

He will join his brothers and sister at 7.30pm for an emotional vigil by the Queen's coffin as she lies in state in Westminster Hall.

The King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will stand guard over Her Majesty for 15 minutes in a tradition known as Vigil of the Princes.

Meanwhile, Prince William and Princess Kate are due to meet troops from the Commonwealth participating in the Queen's funeral at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Surrey today.

They yesterday viewed tributes for Her Majesty and spoke with mourners at Sandringham.

It comes as thousands continue to queue for hours today to file past the Queen's coffin.

Entry to the line has now been paused for at least six hours after Southwark Park reached its capacity.

Her Majesty will be laid to rest in a state funeral on Monday to mark her incredible 70 years of service.

Further details on the plans were released yesterday – with the sombre occasion starting at 11am in Westminster Abbey.

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The Queen's gun carriage will be drawn by 138 Royal Naval ratings as it is moved from New Palace Yard to Westminster Abbey via Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary.

It will be followed on foot by King Charles and members of the Royal Family including Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Queen's final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel where her mother and father were buried along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Prince Philip's coffin will move from the Royal Vault to the memorial chapel to join his beloved wife of 73 years.







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