Wales

Diamond Jubilee tour: Queen to meet Grand Slam winners

Queen Elizabeth II
Image caption The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit south Wales for two days

The Queen will meet the Grand Slam-winning rugby team during next week's two-day tour of south Wales to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen will start her visit on Thursday with a Llandaff Cathedral service celebrating her 60-year reign.

The royal party will travel to Margam, Merthyr, Aberfan, Ebbw Vale and Glanusk Park near Crickhowell.

The visit is part of the Queen's tour of the UK, which began in March.

The Queen and the duke will meet members of Wales' Six Nations-winning team at Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot, on the first day of their visit.

The royals will also view a community festival and have lunch in the park's Orangery before visiting Cyfarthfa High School and Cyfarthfa Castle museum and art gallery in Merthyr Tydfil.

The museum houses the first steam whistle, the first voting ballot box and dresses by Laura Ashley and Julien McDonald.

Festival

The royal party will also view displays by the local mountain rescue team, Merthyr scouts and the Forestry Commission.

On the Friday they will officially open Ynysowen Community Primary School in Aberfan, and the newly refurbished Works general office and archives in Ebbw Vale, where they will meet former steel workers and museum volunteers.

The Queen and the duke will then attend a service at Christ Church in Ebbw Vale and meet community groups in a reception.

Finally the visit will be crowned with a "Diamonds in the Park" festival in Glanusk Park, a festival of rural activities and sports.

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