Worcestershire Royal Wedding Connections
Worcestershire has long been known for its Royal support since 1189 when King John first visited the city to worship at what we now know as Worcester Cathedral.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle planning to marry this month, here is a little reminder of how you can add some royal connections to your special day.
WOOD NORTON HALL
Duc d’Orléans Louis Philippe I was exiled from France in 1793, his great grandson Prince Philippe d’Orléans purchased Wood Norton Hall 1872 as his country house estate. In 1907, his sister, Princess Louise d’Orléans was married at here, she became the maternal Grandmother of the recently abdicated (2014) King Juan Carlos I of Spain. You could walk down the aisle surrounded by original wood panelling and ornate handles that surrounded Princess Louise on her Wedding day.
DIGLIS HOUSE HOTEL
Diglis House Hotel recently welcomed back a couple on their 55th Wedding Anniversary. The couple took advantage of the newly installed riverside gate, recently commissioned and built in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove. High quality railings and gates are synonymous with the town, Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts were commissioned in 1911 to make the railings and gates of Buckingham Palace. Capture your own royal pose on the steps.
Wedding ceremonies are held in the atmospheric New Guesten Hall beneath its magnificent fourteenth century, Grade II* listed roof. The original Guesten Hall at Worcester Cathedral is now simply ruins but in the 14th Century would have provided somewhere for pilgrims and other (possibly royal) visitors to the Cathedral and City of Worcester to stay. Visitors to the city during this time included King Edward III, King Henry IV, King Henry V, King Edward IV.
In 1502 Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales was buried in the cathedral, the older brother of King Henry VIII, had he survived his illness the Royal Family may be very different today. After the burial of Arthur Tudor royal visitors came to visit including Princess Mary Tudor, and Queen Elizabeth I. More famous visitors include King Charles I and King Charles II during the English Civil Wars, with Charles II climbing the tower to view the battles. The New Guesten Hall is a breathtaking and unique venue with over 600 years of history.
As just mentioned there are lots of Royal Connections to the Cathedral in Worcester. Two Royals are buried there, Prince Arthur Tudor who was Prince of Wales at the time of his death but also the infamous King John. Children across the UK will have heard of him though the courageous stories of Robin Hood and thanks to the Disney Classic film. Despite it being a grand location for a wedding you would require special permission to marry here, however you could get married in the Bishops Palace which is the next building along the river and has also has hosted royal guests in the past
THE HIVE WORCESTER
Don’t forget William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway chose the city for their speedy nuptials, getting permission to marry quickly from Worcester Cathedral in 1592 and then (we believe) marrying at St Martin in the Cornmarket the next day. You can see the Marriage Bond which is on display via a behind the scenes tour at The Hive Worcester: Archives and Archaeology Service.
MUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER
Make sure you celebrate your marriage in style with a Royal Worcester Porcelain setting. The Royal Worcester Porcelain museum will re-open at the end of May with a re-designed visitor journey and interactive elements. In 1789, King George III was so impressed with the designs that he couldn’t pick which one to have for the official dinner set, having ticked several designs the Household ordered from each design, creating a mix and match set.
What could be more quintessential than having a Royal Worcester Porcelain dinner set at your wedding, especially if you are planning an Afternoon Tea for the wedding breakfast. Many venues in the county are able to offer this as an extra part of their service, being able to hire the Royal Worcester sets for one off special occasions.