Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Reflection

If you ever wonder why Prince Charles is crowned Price of Wales, this probably will be the answer.
It goes back to the long history of Caernarfon Castle.
Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) was constructed at Caernarfon in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, by King Edward I of England, following his conquest of Gwynedd in 1283. Caernarfon Castle is part of the World Heritage site 'Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd'.
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The tradition of investing the heir of the monarch of Britain with the title of "Prince of Wales" began in 1301, when King Edward I of England, having completed the conquest of Wales, gave the title to his heir, Prince Edward (later King Edward II of England).
According to a famous legend, the king had promised the Welsh that he would name "a prince born in Wales, who did not speak a word of English" and then produced his infant son to their surprise ; but the story may well be apocryphal, as it can only be traced to the 16th century. However, Edward II certainly was born at Caernarfon while his father was campaigning in Wales, and like all infants, could not at the time speak English. (Indeed, growing up in the royal court over the succeeding years his first language may well have been Anglo-Norman, not English.)

The castle was used again in 1911 for the investiture of the then Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, because of its past associations with the English crown. This set a precedent which was to be repeated in 1969 with the investiture of Charles, Prince of Wales.
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This picture we took on our last visit to Wales, at around sunset time, the river across the castle reflects the perfect its perfect image.

10 comments:

Karen M taylor said...

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

Liss said...

I love your travels they are both interesting and informative with beautiful pictures.

Aubrey said...

Hi thank you for your lovely comments to my blog! I meant to thank you also for the photography tip...I will have to try that!

We are trusting that the Lord will use my husband in Iraq, either to bring fellow soldiers to Christ or the people of Iraq.

Thank you for the encouragement!

Cath J said...

Awesome!!!

Mei Teng said...

Awesome panoramic view of the castle. What a view! :)

LuxeLass said...

This is beautiful!

Ayie said...

that's a great view and plus the reflections!

this post is inspiring =)

Stardust said...

Beautiful reflection!

I don't care so much about Prince Charles, but more about the late Princess of Wales... She's always been an inspiring figure to me. =)Heard she struggled with Welsh a lot.

betchai said...

i really love the way you present images Jess, you are very talented.

Anonymous said...

i find this very interesting being a descendant of king Edward the first.