On Thursday 26th April two representatives of the Buddhist Council of Wales attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Ngakma Nor’dzin Pamo (Chair) and Padmasimha (Vice Chair) joined the cathedral clergy and other faith representatives in procession through the cathedral before HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip arrived.
The procession included: firstly Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; then the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard; then the Cathedral Choir; then the faith representatives; then the Cathedral Clergy, the Chapter and Diocesan Officials; and finally the Bishops of the Church in Wales. It was a most colourful procession with the yeoman all in red and the clergy in their finery. The Archbishop of Wales looked splendid in his white cloak decorated in gold.
Ngakma Nor’dzin comments: “We sat beyond the choir stalls near the altar, which meant we had a wonderful experience of the full richness of the cathedral organ, but had a poor view of the Queen and Prince Phillip who were seated the other side of the choir stalls nearer to the congregation. The service was joyful and the singing most beautiful. After the royal party had left we then processed back through the cathedral. Thankfully the rain held off and it was a most pleasant and enjoyable day.”