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Diamond Jubilee: Medals for soldiers and parties in Wales

  • 5 June 2012
  • From the section Wales

Thousands of people across Wales have joined the fourth day of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

First Minister Carwyn Jones attended the thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Tuesday before honouring Royal Welsh solders with Diamond Jubilee medals.

Hundreds of celebration street parties have already taken place in Wales.

Late on Monday about 200 beacons were lit across Wales, joining a chain of 4,000 around the world.

Among them, beacons were lit on the summits of Snowdon and the Great Orme in north Wales and Pen-y-fan in the Brecon Beacons, with Wales' most southernly celebratory beacon on Flat Holm Island in the Severn Estuary.

Mr Jones and Welsh assembly Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler were among the hundreds of dignitaries at the church service at St Paul's on Tuesday morning.

Later, lamb from the Cambrian Mountains was the main course at lunch for the Queen and guests at Westminster Hall. The lamb has been developed as a brand as part of an initiative led by Prince Charles.

Also taking part in the pageantry was Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary Tom Lloyd from Carmarthenshire.

He led the Queen in a ceremonial role alongside other heralds when she arrived at St Paul's.

Mr Lloyd was also in a similar role during Sunday's pageant on the Thames when he was in a boat ahead of the Spirit of Chartwell carrying the monarch and other royals.

Street partygoers join the celebrations in Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Street partygoers join the celebrations in Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf

He said: "There were thousands of people cheering and I was counting the Welsh flags that I could see draped on the river bank wall or hung out of windows.

"And it was wonderful to be able to say I saw quite a lot of Welsh flags. It was wonderful to see so much to remind me of home."

Three young singers from Wales - Lydia Harrison, Oliver Barton and Hero Melia - were members of the 40-strong Diamond Choir drawn together from across the UK to sing for the Queen at the service.

They joined in the performance of a new choral work, Call of Wisdom, composed for the anniversary by young British composer Will Todd.

Later, Carwyn Jones will present Diamond Jubilee Medals to solders from The 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh at Lucknow Barracks in Wiltshire.

The battalion has returned from a tour in Iraq in December 2007 and more recently was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2010 to February 2011.

'Dedicated her life'

Mr Jones said: "The Queen has dedicated her life to the service of the country and the Diamond Jubilee offers us all an opportunity to celebrate her commitment over the last 60 years.

"It is right that those who also dedicate their lives to public service are recognised and I am extremely pleased to be able to present these Diamond Jubilee medals to the Royal Welsh."

Street parties and other celebrations around Wales are continuing on the special bank holiday.

The people of Mold in Flintshire were celebrating at an all-day street party with a 1950s theme.

Overton-on-Dee's Diamond Jubilee beacon
The Diamond Jubilee beacon at Overton-on-Dee in Wrexham

Mold High Street closed to traffic for the day and the celebrations will be broadcast on a large screen.

David Hill, Mold's town manager, said: "The people of Mold have really got involved in helping the town to stage such an ambitious event".

At Ffos Las racecourse in Carmarthenshire an afternoon of jump racing took place.

Community picnics were held at Bryngawr Country House and Park, Bridgend, and on Llandaff Cathedral green in Cardiff, where there were donkey rides and storytelling in the bishop's castle.

Bridgend councillor Phil White said: "In this Olympic year I think we should make every effort to bond with our friends and neighbours whether it's at a big street party or something smaller at home."

Members of the anti-monarchist group Republic have said they will be staging demonstrations over the weekend.

See all the latest Diamond Jubilee news and features at the BBC's Diamond Jubilee site .

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