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First Minister pays tribute to the Queen as the Diamond Jubilee celebrations begin

The First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has paid tribute to the Queen as the country prepares to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
Friday 01 June 2012

Across Wales, more than 300 applications have been made for street party road closures. There will also be many street parties taking place that do not need road closures.

200 beacons will be lit across Wales at events organised by charities, communities and councils. World heritage site castles Beaumaris and Caernarfon will be among those displaying beacons. Other Cadw sites participating include Coity castle, Larne castle and Swansea castle. A team from Walking with the Wounded will light a beacon at the summit of Snowdon.

In London, nine vessels from Wales will be taking part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant. There are four rowed vessels, Cwch John Kerr, Fleetwing, Cunnigar Stinger and Calon Dyfi, three historic boats, one narrow boat and one racing yacht.

The First Minister will be attending the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 5th June. On the same day he will be presenting Diamond Jubilee Medals to members of the Royal Welsh at a special event in Wiltshire.

The First Minister said:

“The Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity for us to congratulate Her Majesty and pay tribute to her steadfast support for Wales over the last 60 years.

“It is right to say that this is a truly historic occasion, and I get a real sense that across Wales it is being embraced by people from all walks of life and different communities.

“A Diamond Jubilee is an extremely unusual event. It is more than 100 years since the last one took place. There are many in Wales who will want to offer their congratulations for the service that Her Majesty the Queen has given during her reign.”



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