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Saturday, 9 February, 2002, 12:46 GMT
Welsh tributes flow for princess
Princess Margaret and the Queen
Princess Margaret died in her sleep on Saturday
Tributes have been made from all quarters of Wales on the death of the Queen's younger sister Princess Margaret.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan expressed Wales's sympathies for the Royal family on learning of the death early on Saturday.

Book of remembrance being signed in Cardiff
A book of remembrance has opened in Cardiff

"The death of Princess Margaret is particularly poignant for the Queen coming as it does so soon after the anniversary of her accession to the throne," he said.

Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy said Princess Margaret won the heart and minds of thousands of people in Wales through her visits over the years.

"Before her illness she was a frequent visitor to Wales and her support for a host of charities and voluntary organisations is particularly welcome," said Mr Murphy.

"I'm sure the whole of Wales will join with me in expressing our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the Royal family at this sad time," added Mr Murphy.

Plaid Cymru also expressed its deepest sympathy to the Royal family on the death.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time," said a spokeswoman.

Archbishop of Wales Dr Rowan Williams
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Mike German, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader in the Welsh Assembly, said he was "deeply saddened" to hear the news.

"She worked tirelessly in the service of her country and was a friend of the people of Wales. She will be sadly missed."

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Rowan Williams, added his tributes, speaking of Princess Margaret's Christianity.

"Princess Margaret was more than just a public frigure - dazzling at first, tragic later.

"She was throughout her life someone who was serious about her Christian faith and publicly involved in its practice," said Dr Williams.

"Many people in the churches - especially in some obscure and unglamorous places she visited - will remember her with gratitude and prayer and we shall all be thinking of her family at this sad time."

The princess's role in charities in Wales has also been recalled in the wake of her death.

Flags flew at half mast on public buildings across Wales on Saturday and a book of remembrance was opened for the people of Wales to express their tributes at Cardiff City Hall.

Flag at half mast at Buckingham Palace
Flag at half mast at Buckingham Palace
The book will be open until 1700GMT from 1000GMT to 1700GMT on Sunday, as well as during office hours next week.

The princess had been patron of the Cardiff-based cancer charity Tenovus since the early 1960s, and played a key role in its history.

"Princess Margaret played a major role during our 50th anniversary celebrations a few years ago and was a key figure in opening our main research laboratories in Cardiff and Southampton where much of our cancer research work is still carried out," said the charity's chief executive Marc Phillips.

Princess Margaret was a patron of the Royal College of Nursing and had great insight into the role and work of nurses, according to the RCN head in Wales, Liz Hewett.

"Nurses in Wales will have fond memories of Princess Margaret because she opened Ty Maeth, RCN headquarters in Wales, in 1965 and visited us again in 1995 to celebrate 30 years of opening," she said.

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