VIDEO: Parade goes ahead in Swansea in The Queen's absence
A PARADE in Swansea to honour members of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh has still taken place in The Queen's absence.
It was on Friday evening when Buckingham Palace said that the 86-year-old monarch was suffering from gastroenteritis.
She had been due to present members of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh with leeks to mark St David's Day.
It was due to be the first time that The Queen was to present leeks to 3rd Royal Welsh, which is the reserve force of the regiment.
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But the parade, presentation and reception still took place earlier today.
The Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis, took over the ceremonial role.
"She was very apologetic and very disappointed not to be here today." he said.
"Hopefully she will meet them soon in the near future."
He added that he was "honoured" to step in her shoes and present the leeks to members of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.
Brigadier Philip Napier, Colonel of the Regiment, said The Queen was very sad she was not able to attend.
In his address to the reception he said: "Her Majesty has asked me to say how disappointed she is not able to be here. She was very much looking forward to meeting you.
"She has specifically asked us to have a good day and not to worry too much that she is not here."
Even though The Queen was not there, scores of residents turned up to witness the parade and presentation.
David and Jan Silvey from Mumbles said they were disappointed that The Queen had not been able to make it.
Mrs Silvey said: "She would have been the icing on the cake."
Mr Silvey added: "It is not very often you get the Welsh regiment in Swansea.
"The Queen not being here is disappointing but the weather is dry which is a bonus."
Joan and John Cook said they enjoyed the parade.
"It is a shame The Queen could not come here," said Mrs Cook, 80.
"It is a big event and there would have been a lot of organising.
"She never cancels."