A funeral has been held for the wife of Wales’s First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Clare Drakeford died suddenly at the age of 71 last month.
Family and friends of the couple, as well as senior politicians, attended the private service at Wenallt Chapel in Thornhill Crematorium, Cardiff, on Thursday morning.
Among those to pay their respects were the Senedd’s presiding officer Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, the Welsh Conservatives’ Andrew RT Davies and Jane Dodds, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.
In a tweet posted following the funeral, Mr Drakeford said: “The past weeks have been incredibly difficult for our family, but I’m grateful for the many kind words of support we have received.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”
Mr Drakeford and his wife married in 1977 and had three children. They lived in Cardiff at the time of her death.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote in a tweet: “Incredibly sad to hear about the sudden death of Clare Drakeford.
“I know how committed Mark and Clare were to each other. I can’t imagine the pain Mark and his family will now be feeling.
“My heartfelt condolences go out to them.”
“I know just how close they were as a couple, and I can only imagine the sense of loss Mark and the whole family are feeling.”
Mr Drakeford revealed in an ITV Wales podcast that he had isolated from his wife for most of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, living in a separate building in the garden of his family home in order to keep her and her elderly mother safe while they were both shielding.