Here at Around Tenby, we are all deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Queen and Sovereign, her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. A lady of perfect trustworthiness, fortitude, and good humour, she has been the only queen that most of us have ever known. She is an inspiration to all of us. By way of tribute, we want to take a look back through Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Wales, and more specifically, our beautiful Pembrokeshire.
On her first trip, which was a three-day visit in the summer of 1955, she came with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, as they explored locations such as Pembroke Castle and RAF Station Pembroke Dock.
After multiple visits to the county during her reign, she returned to Pembroke Dock in 2014, where she unveiled a Timeline Wall at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, commemorating the town’s 200-year history.
During that trip, Her Majesty, who was 88 years old at the time, accompanied her husband to Picton Castle for lunch.
The queen’s presence in Pembrokeshire is also marked by her ownership of several of it’s beaches, including Tenby Beach! So next time you are sunning yourself on the glorious white Pembrokeshire sands, note that you could be on Royal Territory.
Finally, it would be amiss of us not to mention the Queen’s wonderful affinity with the Welsh Corgi. Over the course of her life, the monarch acquired more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and she was survived by three of them when she passed away. The Kennel Club believes that Queen Elizabeth II is largely responsible for the rise in popularity of the Corgi breed in the United Kingdom.
During the course of her reign, Her Majesty has travelled to each and every region of Wales, and she has frequently expressed her admiration for the Welsh people and their traditions. As part of her Jubilee festivities, she has attended Royal Welsh Shows and Welsh battalions watched rugby in Cardiff, and travelled the country, meeting people from all walks of life along the way.
Thank you, your majesty, for your incredible devotion to our nation and appreciation of our country. Rest in peace.