- Written by Thammayanthi McAllister & PA Media
- BBC News
The Prince and Princess of Wales marked the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death with a small, private ceremony in Pembrokeshire.
Prince William and Catherine attended a service at St David’s Cathedral, which included a commemoration of the late Queen’s life.
They then spoke to locals who had met Elizabeth II during her visits to the UK’s smallest city.
It has been exactly a year since the country’s longest-reigning monarch passed away at the age of 96.
St Davids has been a site of pilgrimage and worship for more than 1,400 years, ever since St David – the patron saint of Wales – settled there with his monastic community in the 6th century.
Since the Reformation, one of the stalls has come into the possession of the Crown and is known as the Sovereignty’s Stall.
This makes St Davids Cathedral the only cathedral in the United Kingdom where the King has his own stall in the venue.
Elizabeth II was the first queen to visit St David’s Cathedral since the Reformation, when she arrived at the site with the late Duke of Edinburgh during a royal tour to Wales in August 1955.
She sat in the private booth then, and on three subsequent occasions during her visits to the cathedral, which dates back to 1181 and receives about 300,000 visitors annually.
St Davids has been officially a city since 1995, when Elizabeth II presented the then city council with letters patent elevating it to full city council status during a ceremony in the cathedral.
The BBC’s David Morgan in St David’s
There were lots of flags being waved in the streets of St Davids this afternoon as locals waited for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales to arrive at the far end of Pembrokeshire. It seems that the September heat did not put off anyone as the royal couple made their way towards St David’s Cathedral to commemorate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Then they reached the coast, and as if by magic, the sea mist that had been lingering on the south-west Wales coast lifted. Providing stunning views across Ramsey Sound.
The royal couple made their way to the Câr y Môr seaweed farm, before heading towards the St Davids RNLI lifeboat station where they met staff and volunteers at an organization of which Her Late Majesty was a patron until her death last year.
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