FIRST minister, Carwyn Jones, will be joining dignitaries across Wales to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War today.

Mr Jones will join The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan at a candlelight vigil in Llandaff Cathedral, during a service held jointly by the Welsh Government and Cardiff council.

Earlier in the day, the first minister will be in Glasgow to attend the Commonwealth commemorative service, which will be attended by The Prince of Wales and the prime minister.

He will also lay a wreath on behalf of the Welsh nation at the Glasgow war memorial in George Square as part of a remembrance service.

The Welsh Government will be joining a UK-wide Lights Out initiative, in which Welsh Government buildings, the Senedd and Cadw sites at Caernarfon Castle and Castell Coch will turn out all but one light between 10pm and 11pm.

Mr Jones said: “Today marks a defining moment in our history. The events that took place following August 4, 1914, had monumental consequences that rippled throughout our history.

“Commemorative events happening across Wales today serve to ensure we never forget a moment that would have affected the lives of every person living in Wales.” “These events are about taking a moment to remember the sacrifices of ordinary men and women from communities across Wales and to remember the cost of a terrible war and the impact that has reverberated through our nation and shaped the Wales we know today.”