St. David’s Day

March 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on St. David’s Day 

St. David’s Day, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have attended a St David’s Day service in Cardiff as part of celebrations to mark the national day.

The service was held at St John The Baptist City Parish Church, and included an address from the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan.

The couple then visited the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Carwyn Jones are among those who have sent St David’s Day messages.

Every one of us who lives in Wales has, I believe, good reason to feel proud of our uniquely beautiful homeland”

David Jones Welsh Secretary

The royal visit began at St John’s, a 12th Century medieval building believed to be the oldest in the city after Cardiff Castle.

The annual service, hosted by Cardiff’s Lord Mayor, was also attended by guests from sectors including the arts, business, charities and the armed forces.

These four familiar giant Welsh figures took their place at the Cardiff St David’s Day parade
Dr Morgan told the service that Wales is an emerging nation, and focused on the importance of listening to others.

He said: “It is possible to be both distinctively Welsh and open to the insights of others – for all of us, in the end, belong to a global village and we impact and affect one another”.

He added that leaders should be open to changing their minds when they lose arguments.

Prince Charles is patron of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where the couple attended a St David’s Day concert. It included a performance by royal harpist Hannah Stone, a graduate at the college, and former royal harpist Catrin Finch.

It was the first royal visit of the weekend, with the Queen visiting Swansea on Saturday to present leeks to members of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.