THE first Welsh Bill passed under the National Assembly's new legislative powers will receive Royal Assent today in an historic ceremony in Cardiff.
The National Assembly for Wales (Official Languages) Bill became law when the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, applied the Welsh Seal to the letters patent, which were signed with Her Majesty's own hand to signify Her Assent, and notified to the Clerk of the National Assembly.
Mr Jones, who is also Keeper of the Welsh Seal, said: "When the people of Wales voted in last year's referendum to grant primary law- making powers to the National Assembly, I said Wales is an old country, but a young democracy.
"Today is a historic day for us as a nation. It heralds the beginning of a new era for the Governance of Wales."
Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, Rosemary Buttler AM, said: "Today, the first ever Act of the National Assembly for Wales receives Royal Assent.
"How fitting it is that our first Act as a full law-making body will confer equal status on the Welsh and English languages in Assembly proceedings."