Royal visit to Cardiff

Cardiff played host to royalty today as HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited the city.

Following a visit to the new BBC building, where pupils from Mount Stuart Primary School sang for them, the royals took a short stroll across Central Square to see the statue of the school's former head teacher, and champion of equality and diversity, Betty Campbell MBE.

After meeting with members of the Campbell family, HRH The Prince of Wales visited City Hall, where he took the salute from 1stThe Queens Dragoon Guards on their return from exercising their Freedom of the City by parading through the city streets with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and colours flying.

Commanding Officer 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Lloyd. "It's an enormous privilege to be marching through Cardiff, a city we have a long and close relationship with.  We place huge importance on our links to the capital which is home to many of our soldiers. It is a relationship built on respect and loyalty and something we never take for granted."

Known as The Welsh Cavalry, the parademarked the regiment's return home from two six-month UN peacekeeping tours to Mali in West Africa as part of Operation Newcombe.

Meanwhile, HRH The Duchess Cornwall visited RISE Cardiff, the charity that provides a response to Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) at the One Stop Shopat the Cardiff Royal Infirmary site.

The Council invested in the One Stop Shop facility for female victims of VAWDASV that is co-located with the Regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at the CRI.

RISE is delivered as a partnership between Cardiff Women's Aid, Bawso and Llamau and last year, responded to more than 7,000 calls to their helpline and supported more than 3,500 women and children.

The Duchess met representatives from the council and the partners before chatting with some service users being supported by the charity, staff and volunteers.