King and Queen's Engagements in Wales Since the Coronation
The King and Queen undertook a series of engagements in Wales, marking their inaugural visit to the country since the Coronation.
Upon their arrival, they were warmly welcomed by local children from Priory Church in Wales. Their Majesties then proceeded to visit Brecon Cathedral, a historic 12th-century building and the mother church of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. They met with community members who play an active role in the life of the Cathedral, including the Friends of Brecon Cathedral, an organization His Majesty previously patronized when he was the Prince of Wales. With a weekly congregation of 80, the cathedral's significance extends beyond religious services, as it hosts civic and military events.
The royal couple also enjoyed a musical program at the Brecon Choir Festival, where they listened to performers, including the winner of the Young Singer Award singing the Benedictus from Rod Paton's Ascension Jazzmass. This Jazzmass was originally commissioned to celebrate 150 years of Bishop Otter College. Additionally, they witnessed a solo performance from the Ascension Jazzmass, the opening concert of the festival, accompanied by members from The Ascension and Cathedral choirs, as well as musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, an institution previously presided over by His Majesty when he held the title of Prince of Wales.
Later in the day, the King and Queen met with members of the local community, including some of Wales' Coronation Champions, at Theatr Brycheiniog. They had the opportunity to observe various elements of the Brecknock Agricultural Society's annual show, an event in which His Majesty served as a patron during his time as the Prince of Wales. The show showcased livestock, local food and drink producers, and representatives from Black Mountains College, an institution in Brecon offering courses specialized in adapting to the climate emergency.
While the King engaged with members of the 160 Brigade at Brecon Barracks, the regional army command for Wales, which provided crucial support to the Welsh civil authorities during the recent pandemic and the Coronation preparations, the Queen visited Calan DVS. This charity operates services for adults, children, and young people across South, Mid, and West Wales, with a focus on relieving distress, suffering, and poverty experienced by individuals and families exposed to domestic abuse and sexual violence. Her Majesty took the opportunity to meet with the staff and learn more about the important work carried out by Calan DVS throughout Wales.