Prince William and Kate attended a special church service in St Davids, West WalesPhoto: Getty Images

The Prince and Princess of Wales mark anniversary of Queen’s death in Pembrokeshire

The Prince and Princess of Wales held a brief private service in Pembrokeshire to commemorate the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.

Prince William and Catherine went to St. Davids Cathedral to attend a service honouring the life of the late Queen.

They then spoke with locals who had met Elizabeth II when she visited the smallest city in the United Kingdom.


The Princess of Wales received posies from children from Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi


Entire year has passed since the 96-year-old longest-reigning monarch of the country passed away.

Since St. David, the patron saint of Wales, established his monastic community at St. Davids in the sixth century, the location has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for more than 1,400 years.

One of the quire stalls, dubbed the Sovereign’s Stall, has belonged to the Crown since the Reformation.

St David’s is the only cathedral in the United Kingdom where the sovereign has a designated stall in the quire.

When Elizabeth II and the late Duke of Edinburgh visited St. Davids Cathedral in August 1955 as part of a royal tour of Wales, she became the first monarch to do so since the Reformation.


The Prince and Princess of Wales met residents of St Davids after the service
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That day, and three more times during her visits to the cathedral (which opened in 1181 and receives about 300,000 visitors a year), she sat in the designated stall.

At a ceremony held in the cathedral in 1995, Elizabeth II granted the then-town council letters patent, promoting them to the status of a full city council, making St. Davids an official city.

As the people of St Davids waited for their royal highness the prince and princess of Wales to arrive at the far end of Pembrokeshire this afternoon, many flags were being waved along the streets.The royal couple marched towards St. David’s Cathedral to honour the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, despite the intense September heat.


The royal couple visited Câr y Môr Seaweed Farm


The sea mist that had been hanging over the coast of south west Wales lifted, offering breathtaking views across Ramsay Sound, as if by magic.

The royal couple travelled to Câr y Môr Seaweed Farm and then proceeded to the RNLI lifeboat station at St Davids.

There, they got to know volunteers and employees of a charity that her late majesty had supported before her passing the previous year.

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