Wales

Diamond Jubilee: Queen in Wales in 1980s

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh came to Wales in April 1982 to perform the traditional "Maundy money" ceremony on Maundy Thursday in Easter week.

For 800 years, the reigning monarch has distributed money to the poor and needy on that day. Nowadays it is pensioners who are in receipt of the money in recognition of their contribution to their community.

The ceremony was traditionally held in London but early in her reign the Queen decided the ceremony should be moved around the country each year.

In 1982 it was the turn of St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. The stock footage from the time shows the ceremonial guard outside the cathedral and the couple arriving.

After the service, the couple moved on to Haverfordwest where the Queen can be seen entering Cambria House and going on a walk.

Seven years later the Royal couple were in Swansea, 12 years after their last visit there.

The visit in 1989 saw the Queen unveil a plaque at the £4m Morfa athletics stadium.

The stadium stood until 2003 when it was demolished to make way for the Liberty stadium, home to Swansea City Football Club and the Ospreys regional rugby side.

Next, the Queen moved on to Margam Park and the Orangery. It was was her second visit to the site and to mark the occasion she helped plant a tree.

Finally, after a trip to Treherbert in Rhondda to open an old people's home, the couple met representatives of Mitsubishi from Japan at the Diaplastics factory in Bridgend's Waterton industrial estate.

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