Diamond Jubilee: Wales' first minister's tribute to 'steadfast' Queen

The Queen receives flowers from Georgie Seager, nine, as she leaves Llandaff Cathedral The Queen visited Wales during a Diamond Jubilee tour in April

First Minister Carwyn Jones has paid tribute to the Queen as final preparations get under way for the Diamond Jubilee.

More than 300 applications have been made to close roads for street parties, the Welsh government said.

Some 200 beacons will be lit in Wales to mark the occasion, including at the world heritage sites of Beaumaris and Caernarfon castles.

Nine Welsh boats will take part in Sunday's pageant on the Thames.

Mr Jones will be at a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday.

On the same day he will present special Diamond Jubilee medals to members of the Royal Welsh at an event in Wiltshire.

'Historic occasion'

He said: "The Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity for us to congratulate Her Majesty and pay tribute to her steadfast support for Wales over the last 60 years.

"It is right to say that this is a truly historic occasion, and I get a real sense that across Wales it is being embraced by people from all walks of life and different communities.

"A Diamond Jubilee is an extremely unusual event. It is more than 100 years since the last one took place."

He added: "There are many in Wales who will want to offer their congratulations for the service that Her Majesty the Queen has given during her reign."

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