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Diamond Jubilee: The Queen visits Wales in 1955

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we look back into the BBC Wales archives for some moments from the last 60 years and royal visits to Wales.

The young Queen Elizabeth was three years into her reign at the start of a royal tour to Wales which took place in August 1955.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh began their journey with a visit to Newton Park in Brecon, Powys, where the Brecknock Agricultural Society were hosting a show.

After sampling a slice of market town life, the royal couple moved west to Llandovery in Carmarthenshire to see the newly constructed Usk reservoir nearby.

The Queen officially opened the new water source, which is used to supply water to the city of Swansea.

On the second day of their visit, the couple started their engagements with a celebration at St David's cathedral in Pembrokeshire.

Forty years later, the Queen was to grant city status to the diminutive town because of its cathedral, which dates back to the 12th Century.

They then went to meet the crew of St David's lifeboat after the service.

The pair ended the day with a journey south to Milford Haven through crowd-thronged streets where they boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia to spend the night.

The third and final day of the visit saw the Queen and the duke pay a visit to Aberystwyth in Ceredigion.

Following a tour around University College Wales, the Queen gave a speech at the National Library of Wales focusing on royal interest in Welsh literature and the links between the royal family and the library.

The final leg of the tour took the couple to Pembroke Castle in Pembroke, west Wales.

The fortress on the banks of the River Cleddau was the birthplace of the Queen's ancestor Henry Tudor 500 years previously.

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