King Charles was left in stitches after a joke caught him off guard ahead of his major speech today.

The monarch delivered a speech to mark the 25th anniversary of the Senedd.


As the monarch waited to give his speech, the Llywydd of the Senedd Elin Jones said: ” I would like to invite His Majesty the King to address the Senedd.”

Jones then made eye contact with the monarch and jokingly said: “Follow that.”

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King Charles was left in stitches after a joke caught him off guard ahead of his major speech today.

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The comment amused the King as he burst into laughter and said: “I can’t.”

The King then composed himself and issued a message to the MSs in the chamber.

He said: “The Queen and I are so delighted to join you today as we mark this significant milestone in our history – the 25th anniversary of Welsh devolution.

“During times which have seen great change, profound sorrow and tremendous achieving – through it out my respect and affection for the people of this ancient land have depended with every passing year.”

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The King and Queen Camilla have visited Cardiff today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Senedd

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He continued: “There are many different ways to love and serve one’s country – and what a country you have to serve.

“What a unique mosaic of places, landscapes and culture that is entrusted to your care.

“It’s wonderful to see the Senedd uses the Welsh language so often not just as a symbolic use, but as its foundation.”

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The King and Queen received a guard of honour from the Royal Welsh before they were greeted by primary school children from across Wales.

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The Llywydd of the Senedd and Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething also gave speeches to mark the occasion.

Jones was seen chatting with the King following his speech and as the Welsh First Minister spoke with Queen Camilla.

The King and Queen received a guard of honour from the Royal Welsh before they were greeted by primary school children from across Wales.

The Welsh Parliament is set to expand from 60 to 96 members at the 2026 election.