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Royal Connections in Wales

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Royal Connections in Wales

Where does Prince Charles go on his summer holidays? Where did William and Kate spend their first blissful years of married life? And where did Queen Victoria buy her knickers? We celebrate some of our greatest royal Welsh connections.

 

  • Last Stand
    Llywelyn ap Gruffydd was the last prince of an independent Wales before its conquest by Edward I. From his Gwynedd powerbase he controlled most of Wales, until he was killed in 1282 by English soldiers at Cilmeri. There’s a memorial stone commemorating Ein Llyw Olaf (‘Our Last Leader’) where an annual ceremony is still held on the anniversary of his death. www.visitsnowdonia.info
     
  • Battle Royal
    Born in Monmouth Castle in 1386, Henry V spent much of his youth in Wales, fighting against the rebellion of Owain Glyndwr. By the time Henry succeeded his father to the throne in 1413, he was a hard-bitten veteran of battle, which helped him to defeat the French at the Battle of Agincourt, at which Welsh archers played a crucial role. www.visitwyevalley.com
     
  • Tudor Rose
    Henry Tudor was born at Pembroke Castle in 1457, a descendant of several Welsh royal houses. During the War of the Roses he fled to Brittany, returning with a small army which landed near Milford Haven. He gathered 5,000 more soldiers on his march through Wales, and defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth to become Henry VII. The Tudors reigned for the next 120 years. www.visitpembrokeshire.com
     
  • Union Official
    Despite his Welsh ancestry, Henry VIII kept an iron grip on Wales. He passed the 1536 Act of Union, which legally incorporated Wales into England. The Act banned Welsh-only speakers from public office, but he didn’t manage to suppress the Welsh language, even in his own family: his daughter Queen Elizabeth I apparently spoke fluent Welsh! www.visitpembrokeshire.com
     
  • Royal Retainers
    Queen Victoria’s knickers were supplied by Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones, who founded the world’s first mail-order company in Newtown, capital of the Welsh flannel industry. His soft flannel knickers were favoured by many of the crowned heads (and bottoms) of Europe, including the Queen of Norway and the Empress of Russia. Queen Victoria no doubt wore hers on visits to her Welsh estate, Ynyshir Hall, which is now a luxurious country hotel. www.midwalesmyway.com
     
 
  • Bertie’s Bolthole
    The film The King’s Speech told of King George VI’s struggle with his stammer. But in 1917 the 22-year-old Prince Bertie retreated to the country estate of Clochfaen, just outside Llangurig, to recuperate from a stomach ulcer. www.midwalesmyway.com
     
  • Driving Reign
    Edward VII was a passionate golfer, and he granted Royal status to his two favourite golf courses in Wales: Royal Porthcawl and Royal St David’s. The King’s grandson, the future Edward VIII, was also a keen golfer, captaining Royal St David’s in 1934. www.visitsnowdonia.info, www.royalporthcawl.com, www.royalstdavids.co.uk
     
  • Cheeky Mare
    In 1955 the young Queen Elizabeth II made a royal tour of Wales which included a trip to the Brecknock Agricultural Society show. BBC TV footage shows the Queen being introduced to a white Welsh mountain pony called Owain Glyndwr … who tried to eat her bouquet of flowers. www.midwalesmyway.com
     
  • Gold Standard
    When Prince William slipped a wedding ring onto Kate Middleton’s finger in 2011, it was a band of pure Welsh gold, following in a tradition founded by The Queen Mother in 1923. Since then, all major royal weddings have been sealed with Welsh gold. For the early years of their marriage, William and Kate lived on Anglesey, where the prince worked as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot. www.visitanglesey.co.uk
     
  • Home Farm, Llwynywermod
    When Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall come to Wales on their annual summer tour, they stay at their Welsh farmhouse residence, Llwynywermod, near the village of Myddfai in Carmarthenshire. The 192-acre smallholding was renovated by skilled Welsh craftsmen and women, using local stone, slate and textiles, and the gardens and grounds are managed under organic principles. When the Prince and Duchess are not there, Llwynywermod becomes a highly desirable holiday let. www.discovercarmarthenshire.com
     
 

 

Anglesey 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started their married life together living on the Isle of Anglesey just off the north coast of Wales, where Prince William served with the RAF as a co-pilot on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. Here are 10 great things to do in Anglesey:-

 

 
 
 

 
There's plenty of choice for places to stay in Anglesey - search for accommodation.

Find out more about Anglesey at www.visitanglesey.co.uk
 

 

Caernarfon Castle 

Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage Site, is set on a peninsula bounded by the Menai Strait and at the heart of North Wales. It is one of the most impressive of all the castles built by Edward I and is one of Europe's great medieval fortresses. In 1969 it was the venue for the current Prince of Wales’ Investiture and was constructed not only for military purposes but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
http://www.visitsnowdonia.info/caernarfon-48.aspx  
 

 

A Royal Home in Wales: Llwynywermod 

Llwynywermod is used by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they are in Wales on their regular visits and annual summer tour. When they are not there then visitors can stay at the 2 barn conversions adjoining the main farmhouse (North & West Range). It’s located near Myddfai, Llandovery in Carmarthenshire and set within 192 acres of farmland with views over historic parkland. Llwynywermod was renovated using the expertise of skilled Welsh craftspeople and materials were sourced from Wales wherever possible. The interior has also been furnished with local Welsh textiles, blankets, quilts, rugs and pottery.
 

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/personalprofiles/residences/llwynywermod/  
http://duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk/cottage/north-range.php  
http://www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk/cottage/west-range.php

 

Things to do in the area:-
 

 
 
  • According to a VisitBritain 2011 report, Wales' castles are Britain's most popular attraction with foreign visitors and more popular than Buckingham Palace!  Wales has plenty to choose from - 641 in fact and so make sure Carreg Cennen Castle, just 4 miles from Llandeilo, is on your itinerary. 
    www.carregcennencastle.com
     
  • Take a stroll around Llandeilo with its many antique shops and art galleries.
    www.llandeilo.org
     

 
 

 

Cambrian Mountains 

The Cambrian Mountains Initiative was inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales and as the President aims to help sustain traditional upland farms and rural communities. Find out about the area and its local produce - www.cambrianmountains.co.uk  

 

Welsh Gold 

The British Royal Family has been wearing Welsh gold wedding rings since 1923. The Welsh gold used to make the wedding ring was taken from a Clogau gold nugget and the tradition has continued to this day including Prince Charles, Diana The Princess of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
 

In 1911, at the investiture in Caernarfon Castle of Edwards Prince of Wales, the coronet placed on his head by his father, King George the fifth, was fashioned entirely from Clogau Welsh Gold.

www.clogau.co.uk
http://www.welshgold.co.uk/royal-family-connection.html

Dolaucothi Gold Mine
These unique gold mines overlook the beautiful Cothi Valley in Carmarthenshire. The Romans, who exploited the site almost 2,000 years ago, left behind a complex of pits and channels. Guided tours take visitors through the Roman and the more recent underground workings.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-dolaucothigoldmines 

Rhiannon Welsh Gold
Rhiannon Evans has been designing and making unique jewellery in Tregaron in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains for over 30 years. Her jewellery is supplied world-wide and is handmade in Silver, Gold and Welsh Gold. Visitors can watch the jewellery being made by local Welsh speaking goldsmiths in viewing workshops.
www.rhiannon.co.uk  




 

 

Other facts

 

 
 
  • Plas Maenan Country House Hotel is owned by James Burt, a former member of the Queen's staff at Buckingham Palace.
    www.plas-maenan-hotel.co.uk
     
  • Princess Margaret was a regular visitor to Plas Dinas Country House and more recently her great nephew, Prince William.
    www.plasdinas.co.uk
     

North Wales Royal Itinerary

 

 

Notes 


The Prince of Wales
Prince Charles is the latest in a long line of heirs to the British throne who have enjoyed the title of Prince of Wales.

With the range of principalities that existed in Wales until the middle ages, it was rare that any one leader could argue to have united the country under one banner and become a Prince of Wales in its entirety.

While the likes of Hywel Dda and Llywelyn ab Iorwerth came to rule vast swathes of Wales, it was only during Edward I's reign that Wales became a unified area under one monarch. But, it was an English monarch.
 

Edward, the scourge of Wales and the builder of many of castles used to subdue the population, imposed his infant son, Prince Edward, on the Welsh as their new prince in 1301.
 

Since then, only one domestic warlord, Owain Glyndwr has had a claim to the title, and was proclaimed as such in 1400. His defeat in 1409 marked the end of native Welsh princes for good and, since then, the eldest son of the reigning monarch has been made Prince of Wales. (Daughters of the reigning monarch do not become Princess of Wales, as it is only given to a male heir.)


The title isn't automatic, however. It has to be created each time by the reigning monarch - and as such is not an hereditary title.


The first official Prince of Wales, the infant future King Edward II, was born in Caernarfon Castle, and in 1911 the future Edward VIII was invested in the castle when he became Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was also invested in the castle when he was given the title on July 1st, 1969.
 

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