Royalty in Bath
Over the years Bath has hosted visits from many reigning Kings and Queens.
Over 1000 years ago a King was crowned King of all England in Bath. Between the 1600s and the early 1800s royal visitors came to Bath to use the city's hot springs for their health resulting in a number of monuments commemorating their cure and visit. Queen Victoria visited Bath when she was a princess to open the country's first public park dedicated in her name. More recently we have received visits from the current Queen and Royal Family. This photo shows the entry in the Mayor's Book when the Queen and Prince Philip visited Bath in 2002. In December, Prince William and Kate visited Bath during their UK tour to thank key workers for their efforts during the pandemic.
If you are interested in royalty do let me know, I cover a number of interesting stories about Bath's royal visitors on my Bath City Tour.
Today, the 17th April, is the funeral for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on the 9th April at the age of 99. Bath Abbey marked the passing of Prince Philip with a special peal of its bells, using a half-muffled bell that is used for such occasions. You can hear this on the video below. Union Jack flags have also been lowered to half-mast across the city. Earlier today, pigeons were released in the centre of Bath as a tribute to Prince Philip. The Queen keeps racing pigeons at her Sandringham home and is the patron for the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. Today at 3pm there will be a one minute silence across the country in respect of Prince Philip so please bear this in mind if you are out and about.