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King and Queen mark Brecon Cathedral centenary on first Welsh trip since coronation

by Sophie Drew


The King and Queen have visited Brecon Cathedral to mark its centenary as the diocese's mother church– their first official engagement in Wales since the coronation.

The monarchs were greeted by pupils of Priory Church in Wales Priory School, before meeting congregants and parishioners involved in the running of the cathedral.

Attendees included representatives from The Fathom Trust, Brecon Mind and Friends of Brecon Cathedral, which His Majesty was Patron of as Prince of Wales.

The cathedral is currently undergoing refurbishment in order to improve its accessibility – many of those working on this project were also present for the royal visit.

Their majesties listened to a short programme of music performed by the winner of the Young Singer Award, Erin Thomas, who was performing as part of the Brecon Choir Festival, which opened on the same day as the visit.

Brecon Cathedral is part of the Diocese of Swansea, and is overseen by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.

Although the cathedral is marking 100 years at the helm of the diocese, its history stretches back much further. Although there is no remaining trace, it's believed a Celtic church previously stood on the site before a new church – dedicated to St John – was built around the time of the Norman conquest.

The Grade-I building was then entirely repaired and renewed in the 1800s.

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