The Welsh Seal (Welsh: Y Sêl Gymreig) is a seal used for Wales. Provision for a Welsh seal was made in Part 4 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 which also designated the First Minister of Wales as "Keeper of the Welsh Seal" (Ceidwad y Sêl Gymreig). The seal is used by the First Minister to seal (and so bring into force) letters patent signed by the monarch giving royal assent to bills passed by Senedd Cymru in order for those bills to become an Act of the Senedd.
The basic form of the seal was approved by the First Minister of Wales in January 2011. The seal is one-sided and represents both the monarch and the Welsh nation; it also features the Royal Badge of Wales. The final design of the seal was decided on 23 June 2011 by the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations, with the advice of the College of Arms. The design was made public in December 2011, following a visit by First Minister Carwyn Jones to The Royal Mint where the seal was about to be made. Queen Elizabeth II formally delivered the seal into the custody of the First Minister at a meeting of the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace, London, on 14 December 2011.
List of Keepers of the Welsh Seal
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- "First Minister sees first Welsh seal since time of Owain Glyndwr - Caerphilly.Observer". Caerphillyobserver.co.uk. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
- "Orders Approved by the Privy Council" (PDF). Privycouncil.independent.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
- "What happens next after the assembly powers referendum?". BBC News Online. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Signed, sealed, delivered: Queen approves Welsh seal". BBC News Online. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
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