Wreath sent to duke’s funeral offers sincere condolences from Wales

Adam Hale, PA Wales Correspondent
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First Minister Mark Drakeford has sent a flower wreath to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral to offer “sincere condolences” from the people of Wales.

The wreath, of white chrysanthemums and red roses, is accompanied by a short message written in English and Welsh and was sent to Windsor Castle ahead of Saturday’s funeral service at St George’s Chapel.

The card bearing the message says: “On behalf of the government and people of Wales.

“Cydymdeimlad diffuant – Sincere condolences.”

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The wreath of white chrysanthemums and red roses (Welsh Government/PA)

The Welsh Parliament was specially recalled on Monday following Philip’s death, for Members of the Senedd to offer tributes remotely.

Mr Drakeford told the Senedd the Duke had lived an “exceptional life” while sustaining decades of public service, during which he held the title of Earl of Merioneth and championed “a broad diversity” of causes in Wales.

The Earl of Merioneth title was given to Philip on the day of his marriage, with the titles Baron Greenwich and Duke of Edinburgh.

The duke’s relationship with the historic country of Merioneth in north Wales included supporting a number of associations and societies, including its cricket club, sailing club and brass band.

In August 1960 Philip was given his Welsh bardic title Philip Meirionnydd by the archdruid of Wales, Mr Edgar Phillips, after being made an Honorary Ovate (graduate) of the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff.

A Welsh Government spokesman said it was not known where the wreath would be featured at Saturday’s funeral service.