Prince Edward gets royal welcome in Gwent

South Wales Argus: HRH The Earl of Wessex opens the new William Jones building at Monmouth School. HRH The Earl of Wessex. talking to pupils from the Grange at Monmouth School for Boys. (4665493) HRH The Earl of Wessex opens the new William Jones building at Monmouth School. HRH The Earl of Wessex. talking to pupils from the Grange at Monmouth School for Boys. (4665493)

GWENT was given the Royal seal of approval yesterday as the Earl of Wessex visited an Abertillery church and Monmouth School.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited Saint Michael’s Church in the centre of Abertillery yesterday morning before opening Diamond Jubilee Square and unveiling a plaque.

The Earl was introduced by the Lord Lieutenant, Simon Boyle, to Jane Hutt AM, the Mayor of Blaenau Gwent, Mostyn Lewis and the Bishop of Monmouth, among others.

He was greeted in the church by the Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir singing We’ll Keep a Welcome.

Outside, he watched an interpretive dance by Abertillery-based Ffindance.

Vicar of St Michael’s, Patrick Coleman, then invited the prince to unveil a commemorative plaque.

A crowd of residents and pupils from local primary schools lined the pavements outside, cheering and waving Welsh and British flags.

Bryan Davies, Ken Lloyd and Hank Jackson all sing with Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir.

Mr Davies said: “He seemed to really enjoy the singing – he was quite light hearted and seemed to be having a good time.

Mr Jackson added: “I think he likes a bit of banter as he wanted to know who the eldest is in the choir. We go from 15 years old up to 96 at the moment.”

Addressing the crowd before unveiling the plaque, the Earl of Wessex said: “I know the unveiling of a plaque is not necessarily the most exciting thing to happen in your lives, but I want you all to pretend it is. I want a really big cheer!”

Mayor of Blaenau Gwent cllr Mostyn Lewis said: “It has been tremendous. “

The Vicar of St Michael’s, Patrick Coleman, said: “It is so important for us to show how the church forms the heart of this town, and is there for all its people.”

Then yesterday afternoon the Earl of Wessex visited Monmouth School, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary by opening its new state-of-the-art teaching block, named after its founding father William Jones.

Prince Edward unveiled a bronze bust of the founder in the new building’s foyer, sculpted by Roger Andrews.

Staff, pupils, governors and Haberdashers later attended a service in honour of William Jones in Newland church, the parish of his birth.

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10:34am Tue 18 Mar 14

ffindance@hotmail.co.uk says...

Just to clarify the site specific dance work that was presented to The Earl of Wessex yesterday was performed by 4 youth dancers from the FFIN DANCE dance faktry, the outreach unit of professional dance company. Choreographed by the company Artistic Director Sue Lewis. The dancers were Louis Norman, Gemma Aubrey, Emma Olsen and Amy Beynon

The Earl was delighted with the work, we were most honoured to be performing at this great event

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Just to clarify the site specific dance work that was presented to The Earl of Wessex yesterday was performed by 4 youth dancers from the FFIN DANCE dance faktry, the outreach unit of professional dance company. Choreographed by the company Artistic Director Sue Lewis. The dancers were Louis Norman, Gemma Aubrey, Emma Olsen and Amy Beynon The Earl was delighted with the work, we were most honoured to be performing at this great event http://www.ffindance .co.uk ffindance@hotmail.co.uk
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10:35am Tue 18 Mar 14

BobEvams2014 says...

Aren't the Royals wonderful, I bet the kids were thrilled to see Prince Edward, wow !!!!! Prince Edward
Aren't the Royals wonderful, I bet the kids were thrilled to see Prince Edward, wow !!!!! Prince Edward BobEvams2014
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10:43am Tue 18 Mar 14

Gareth says...

I agree Bob; the kids do look thrilled. It's likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a senior member of the world's most famous family.

I got so spend some time with the guy a few years back when his production company was filming at Portsmouth Naval Base. He came over as a nice fella.
I agree Bob; the kids do look thrilled. It's likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a senior member of the world's most famous family. I got so spend some time with the guy a few years back when his production company was filming at Portsmouth Naval Base. He came over as a nice fella. Gareth
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11:57am Tue 18 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

BobEvams2014 wrote:
Aren't the Royals wonderful, I bet the kids were thrilled to see Prince Edward, wow !!!!! Prince Edward
They must have been gutted it wasn't Edwina Hart.
[quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: Aren't the Royals wonderful, I bet the kids were thrilled to see Prince Edward, wow !!!!! Prince Edward[/p][/quote]They must have been gutted it wasn't Edwina Hart. Llanmartinangel
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3:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gingertom says...

I get annoyed when he is at the cenotaph every november in a uniform when he left the marines shortly after joining them. He should be in a suit and not appear like mr Benn and have a uniform for every occasion when he doesn't deserve to wear them. It is not fair on the people who have genuinely fought for this country.
I get annoyed when he is at the cenotaph every november in a uniform when he left the marines shortly after joining them. He should be in a suit and not appear like mr Benn and have a uniform for every occasion when he doesn't deserve to wear them. It is not fair on the people who have genuinely fought for this country. gingertom
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4:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Gareth says...

gingertom wrote:
I get annoyed when he is at the cenotaph every november in a uniform when he left the marines shortly after joining them. He should be in a suit and not appear like mr Benn and have a uniform for every occasion when he doesn't deserve to wear them. It is not fair on the people who have genuinely fought for this country.
FFS, he is not in uniform as a front-line soldier, but as the head of his various military units. He represents those serving soldiers; just as that bit of red paper and green plastic represents a Flanders Field poppy; just as that Flanders Field poppy represents the fruitless genocide of nations at war.

If you think that "having to have had a genuine fight" is the criteria for wearing your uniform at official engagements, then you're denigrating every non-frontline member of the armed forces.

In fact, using your parameters, that includes those frontline troops that served their country at a time when we weren't at war. "Hey you guys that did nine years service after the Falklands - you didn't shoot anyone. Sorry, put a suit on."
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: I get annoyed when he is at the cenotaph every november in a uniform when he left the marines shortly after joining them. He should be in a suit and not appear like mr Benn and have a uniform for every occasion when he doesn't deserve to wear them. It is not fair on the people who have genuinely fought for this country.[/p][/quote]FFS, he is not in uniform as a front-line soldier, but as the head of his various military units. He represents those serving soldiers; just as that bit of red paper and green plastic represents a Flanders Field poppy; just as that Flanders Field poppy represents the fruitless genocide of nations at war. If you think that "having to have had a genuine fight" is the criteria for wearing your uniform at official engagements, then you're denigrating every non-frontline member of the armed forces. In fact, using your parameters, that includes those frontline troops that served their country at a time when we weren't at war. "Hey you guys that did nine years service after the Falklands - you didn't shoot anyone. Sorry, put a suit on." Gareth
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