1896 Royal visit

The Prince of Wales invested as Chancellor of the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. The Princess opened the Pier Pavilion and Alexandra Hall. They stayed with the Dowager Marchioness of Londonderry at Plas Machynlleth on Thursday evening (25th June, 1896), They performed ceremonies in Aberystwyth on the Friday, stayed the night in Machynlleth again, then travelled to Cardiff.

Welsh Costume for the Princess. The Messrs. Tyler of Mount Gernos, have manufactured a special cloth at their Maesllyn Mills with which to make a Welsh costume for the Princess of Wales. The tailors, Messrs. D. Jones and Sons, Penrhiwpal [near Rhydlewis, Ceredigion], are now engaged on the work. In a letter to a friend the latter say the costume is to be “cyflawn, sef pais a gwn bach, cap, hat uchel, ffedog a sleeves”. [complete, that is skirt and small gown, cap, tall hat, apron and sleeves]. The Messrs. Tyler will present it to the Princess on the occasion of her forthcoming Welsh visit.
Evening Express, 19.6.1896

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, is to be presented on the occasion of her approaching visit to Wales with a complete Welsh costume. The donors are Messrs Tyler and Co of Maesllyn Mills, Llandysul whose Welsh cloth has such a wide reputation, having won the highest awards at Liverpool, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney Exhibitions. The costume, which is tailor-made is the work of Mr D Jones and Sons, Penrhiwpal, who had previously made Welsh costumes for Lady Lloyd and Miss Lloyd, Bronwydd.

Carmarthen Journal, 19.6.1896

Full page front cover: ‘The Prince in his Principality’. The Royal Procession in Great Duke [sic for Gate] Street and North Parade, Aberystwith, from a photograph by Gyde, Pier Street. Full double spread of the Princess of Wales receiving a degree of Doctor of Music. Very little text describing the event.
Illustrated London News 4.7.1896

Full report, but no mention of Welsh costumes.
The Times, 27.6.1896

The Royal party went to Cardiff to see the exhibition and open the new Library. No mention of Welsh costume
The Times, 29.6.1896

The Gentlewoman [magazine] includes a portrait of Miss Griffiths, the daughter of the Mayor of Aberystwyth in the Welsh National Costume which she wore at the reception of the Prince and Princess of Wales last week. The Ladies Pictorial has a page of very fine pictures of Aberystwyth …
The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, July 3, 1896

 

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