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Winning Welsh rugby team hail 'brilliant' royal visit

26 APRIL 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour in Wales has kicked off, and the highlight of the trip saw the monarch embracing the country's winning ways.

After arriving for a joyous service at Llandaff Cathedral, Her Majesty met the country's rugby squad – who took home the Six Nations trophy in March.

With the sportsmen still on a high from their triumph, the engagement at Margam Park was certainly jubilant for the players involved.




Jonathan Davies - who described meeting the VIP guest as "a huge honour" –  was amused when the Queen told him his sport looked rough on the TV.

"I reassured her it wasn't too bad," said the player.

And his team-mate, Dan Lydiate, summed up the mood of the day, saying: "We were so happy to win the Grand Slam and this is the icing on the cake, a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's brilliant."


The Sovereign – accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh –  also visited Cyfarthfa High School and Castle for a spot of glamour.

There, she chatted with renowned designer Julien McDonald (pictured above) who has dresses on display at Cyfarthfa Museum.  

On Friday, the Queen will recognise Wales' younger generations when she opens Ynysowen Community in Aberfan.

Aberfan has enjoyed her support since a coal waste tip claimed 144 lives there in 1966.

Diamonds in the Park – a festival of rural activities and sports – will be the crowning glory of the tour.

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