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The first Welsh bill passed under the National Assembly’s new legislative powers has received Royal Assent today in an historic ceremony in Cardiff.
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The first Welsh Bill passed under the National Assembly’s new legislative powers received Royal Assent on Monday 12th November 2012 in an historic ceremony in Cardiff.

The first Bill received Royal Assent when the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, applied the Welsh Seal to the National Assembly for Wales (Official Languages) Bill.

Royal Assent is the name given to the process of gaining the formal approval of the Queen to the Bill (a new law for Wales).

Royal Assent happens after the Assembly approves the Bill in its final form. A document called “Letters Patent” is prepared in Cardiff and sent to the Queen for Her to sign. The signed document is sent back to the Welsh Government in Cardiff where the First Minister for Wales puts the Welsh Seal onto it. The First Minister is the Keeper of the Welsh Seal. The Clerk to the Assembly is then informed and at that point the Bill receives Royal Assent.

Further information on progress of Assembly Bills can be found on the National Assembly for Wales website.