Discover The National Trust's Royal Connections This Jubilee Year
|Published: 7th May 2012 11:09|
The National Trust is inviting visitors to discover the region's royal connections this special Jubilee year. From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II: follow a royal trail around the Midlands this summer.
The alabaster chimney-piece in the Queen's Room
at Sudbury Hall © NT A von EinsiedelThe National Trust is gearing up to commemorate the very best of British here in Derbyshire with preparations already underway at local houses, gardens, parklands and countryside places joining in the Jubilee celebrations.
And with good reason, the royal connections at National Trust places in the Midlands go back centuries: our current monarch's namesake, Elizabeth I, stayed at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire; while Joan Lander, the last owner of Sunnycroft in Shropshire helped to embroider Elizabeth II's coronation robe.
Here in Derbyshire, Queen Adelaide, consort of William 4th, lived at Sudbury Hall for three years, while Hardwick Hall has hosted royal visits for hundreds of years, including Charles I in 1619 and a young Princess Victoria in 1832.
"Seeing history brought to life in these special places allows us all to connect with our past while looking forward to this special summer of celebration," said Regional Director Beccy Speight. "With such a wealth of royal history and heritage in the region, National Trust places are inviting visitors and local communities to join our celebrations."
The National Trust is planning a packed summer programme here in Derbyshire, beginning with big lunches at Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood, Kedleston Hall and Hardwick Hall on 3 June and a Jubilee Tea Dance at Calke Abbey on 6 June 2012.
For more details please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands.
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