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Summary

  1. Tuesday 7 June 2016
  2. The Queen officially opens the fifth National Assembly for Wales
  3. Her Majesty praises AMs for establishing a reputation as a "strong, accessible and forward-looking legislature"
  4. Music and poetry is performed as a celebration of Welsh culture
  5. Children from schools and youth groups gather to meet the royal party
  6. Presiding Officer Elin Jones thanks the Queen for her "dedicated service for more than six decades"

Live Reporting

By Andy Roberts and Ben Frampton

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the royal opening of the fifth Welsh Assembly.

You can read a full round-up of today's proceedings here.

The special BBC One Wales programme will be available to view shortly on the BBC iPlayer.

We'll be back with live coverage of First Minister's Questions at 13:30 BST on Wednesday.

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What's so funny?

Prince Charles shares a joke with people in the crowd as the royal party leaves the Senedd. 

He and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend a reception with AMs at the Wales Millennium Centre later and view the field of poppies outside its entrance which commemorates soldiers who died in World War One.

Prince Charles
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The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall leave the Senedd Chamber
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And they're off...

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave the Senedd ahead of a visit to Cardiff University's new £44m Brain Research Imaging Centre.

For more on the centre see here.  

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave the Senedd
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Hywl fawr

More music as the royal party leaves the Senedd chamber.

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New powers of 'great importance'

First Minister Carwyn Jones gives a speech in the Senedd chamber

'Remarkable record of achievement'

The Queen praises AMs for having established a reputation as a "strong, accessible and forward-looking legislature", which now enjoys law-making and tax-raising powers.

The Queen
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"Your responsibility is great and the expectations are high but I have no doubt you will continue to succeed as you discharge these new duties.

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Sealing the deal

It's OK - they've got a note

Clare said: "We are so proud of him. We wouldn't miss it for the world!" 

Daniel, 7, and Bradley, 5, had special permission to miss school. 

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'A significant development in the history of devolution'

'Sincere appreciation'

Presiding Officer Elin Jones thanks the Queen for her 'dedicated service for more than six decades'.

The Queen and Elin Jones
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Taking her place

The Queen arrives in the Senedd chamber as Chetan Patel presents the mace

The Queen in the Senedd chamber
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Meet and greet

Meeting at last

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood failed to attend previous royal openings of the assembly.

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Leanne Wood meets the Queen
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Welcome to Wales

Presiding Officer Elin Jones shows the Queen into the Senedd

Elin Jones and the Queen
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The Queen arrives

Her Majesty is now making her way into the Senedd.

The Queen
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Flashback

A tweet from the Royal Family showing the Queen opening the new Senedd building 10 years ago

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Boom!

Follow the leaders

The first minister, presiding officer and party group leaders take their places.

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Live on TV

Jamie Owen presents live coverage of the Royal Opening of the Assembly - watch it now on BBC One Wales or via the Live Coverage link above.

Jamie Owen presents The Royal Opening of the Assembly
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In tune

Flower power

Students Aine-Zelie St Lyon and Nathalia Ferreira have brought flowers for the Queen to the Senedd

Aine-Zelie St Lyon and Nathalia Ferreira
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Staying away

Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, is refusing to attend the royal opening despite a party request that all its AMs be present. She also missed the event in 2011. 

I will not be attending the royal opening of the National Assembly for Wales as I have a full day of constituency work. As a committed republican, my first duty is always to my constituents, whose issues cannot be put off for what is ultimately a ceremonial event. The National Assembly is here to serve the people of Wales and that is what I shall be doing.

Bethan JenkinsPlaid Cymru AM
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Ready to salute

'Really important we play our part'

Showcasing talent

The assembly's presiding officer hails the royal opening as a celebration of Wales

It is important that the National Assembly for Wales is cemented as a focal point for Welsh civic, political and cultural life. That is why the official opening of the Assembly is such an important part of Welsh life. It is the state-opening of Wales’s parliament and that’s why we need to ensure that the occasion itself reflects that importance. It is also an opportunity for us to showcase and celebrate the talent that we have here in Wales, as we mark the beginning of the Fifth Assembly.

Elin JonesPresiding Officer
Elin Jones
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Music for Her Majesty

Standing ready

Practice makes perfect - soldiers from The Queen's Dragoon Guards, with the Band of The Royal Armoured Corps, have been getting their preparations in ahead of today's big event.

The Queen's Dragoon Guards
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Fine voice

The National Youth Choir of Wales have a final practice in the Senedd chamber before their big performance. 

National Youth Choir of Wales
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'I'm named after Queen Victoria'

Visiting American Victoria Lofton said: "I love all things British. I'm named after Queen Victoria actually and this is a really exciting day for us."

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Mace in place

During the ceremony the Mace will be carried into the Senedd chamber, and placed in its sconce to signify the opening of the new assembly. 

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Dedication to the cause

Getting the best spots

The crowds are gathering outside the Senedd as everyone waits for the Queen's arrival.

Crowds at the Senedd
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Security checks

Police officers have carried out thorough searches around the Senedd this morning.

Police officers searching outside the Senedd
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Cardiff's Royal visit

Good morning and welcome to BBC Wales' live coverage of the Queen's visit to Cardiff to open the fifth Welsh Assembly.

The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are also due to attend the royal opening.

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