1868 Royal visit


Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Holyhead early on Saturday 25th April. They travelled by train to Caernarfon via Bangor, opened the waterworks, visited the castle, had a banquet, and then left by train. There is no mention in the reports of Welsh costume being worn by anyone. The Times, Monday, Apr 27, 1868; p. 9; North Wales Chronicle 25.4.1868 (and special edition that night)

Messrs Roberts and Son, Manufacturers, presented to the Princess a table cover with a representation of Caernarfon Castle upon it – scarlet and white; also a beautiful linsey dress with an apron, which articles the Princess was graciously pleased to accept. North Wales Chronicle 2.5.1868

On the occasion of the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Caernarfon, Mr John Meyrick Jones, Welsh tweed cloth and Welsh linsey manufacturer, Dolgellau had the honour … of presenting the Princess of Wales a most handsome handloom real Welsh linsey poplin dress of his own manufacture. North Wales Chronicle, May 2, 1868

The table cover design was later incorporated in a cathen (blanket) made on a Jacquard loom which incorporated images of both Caernarfon Castle (Cymru Fu – Wales then) and the College, Aberystwyth (Cymru Fydd – Wales now), but nothing is known of the linsey dress or apron.

In the lengthy reports of this brief visit, there was no mention of the wearing of Welsh costume by anyone, not even the choir.