VALE MP Alun Cairns will rub shoulders with royalty and world leaders when he and a number of local residents attend a NATO reception.

Mr Cairns will be present in his Wales Office ministerial role to join HRH, the Prince of Wales at a reception being held on the first night of the conference.

The Prince of Wales will host the reception at the request of Her Majesty’s Government at the Celtic Manor in Newport.

The dinner is being used to thank the people of Wales for welcoming the largest gathering of world leaders ever seen in the UK.

Mr Cairns will also be hosting a table at a dinner with the Chancellor, Deputy Prime Minister and other Cabinet Ministers present on the opening night of the summit.

Mr Cairns will visit a number of schools, during the first day of the meeting, across South Wales with dignitaries to highlight the role of NATO and he will be among the guests presenting bronze commemorative coins from the Royal Mint to pupils in 57 schools across the region.

Mr Cairns said: “The reception hosted by the Prince of Wales is a tremendous opportunity to show Wales in the best light possible. This event also allows the opportunity to visit schools and explain the role of NATO and present the specially commissioned commemorative coins to pupils which will be very rewarding. Importantly, the reception will host guests from the Vale of Glamorgan, and along with the local community it will be a privilege to present Wales to the World.”