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Diamond Jubilee: Queen in Wales in 2000s

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we look back into the BBC Wales archives for some moments from her reign and visits to Wales.

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived by steam train at the village of Dolau in Powys, near Llandrindod Wells, as part of their Golden Jubilee tour of the UK in 2002.

The Queen unveiled a commemorative plaque and later on a walkabout stopped to watch a whittling demonstration and listened to 2,000 school children singing folk songs.

Then they were taken by helicopter to neighbouring Carmarthenshire.

Five thousand youngsters waited patiently for almost three hours along the coastal path after a delay to the Queen's schedule.

After opening the new lock and other improvements at Burry Port harbour, the royal party drove along the cycle path to Llanelli promenade where the Queen officially opened the new Millennium Coastal Park.

Following lunch, the couple visited Carmarthenshire Trade Fair at Llanelli's north dock.

Hundreds of people lined the streets as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh made their first visit to Wrexham and Flintshire for five years in 2003.

The pair met schoolchildren, students and soldiers across the area,

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived at Flint station on the Royal train and were greeted by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd Michael Griffiths, and other civic dignitaries.

The Queen opened the £8m Centre of Engineering Excellence at Deeside College, where young people are trained in engineering and the aerospace industry.

The Queen also spent 20 minutes meeting local dignitaries and community leaders during a brief visit to Mold.

After being shown around the church, the Queen went on a walkabout. They also visited the area's barracks in Hightown, where the Queen took part in a tree planting ceremony outside the headquarters of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

The following day, the Queen, the Duke and Prince Charles attended a service at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Butetown, Cardiff with the Archbishop of Wales.

The Queen also visited Mount Stuart Primary School while Prince Charles chatted with residents at a nearby Salvation Army hostel.

The official reason for her visit was to open the second term of the Welsh assembly.

By the time of the third assembly session in 2007, the Queen was accompanied by not only her husband and son, but also her new daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen was received at the Senedd building with a gun salute fired from HMS Exeter.

The whole party attended a reception at National Museum Cardiff, to mark the centenary of National Museum Wales.

It was her fifth visit to the assembly where extended powers meant laws could be made in Wales, though Parliament will have to agree the area they cover.

She told AMs: "The Government of Wales Act opens a new era for devolution".

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