27th April 2010

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Cofis give Queen a warm welcome

The Queen had to disappoint hundreds of her royal fans today as she took a detour to the castle. Locals and visitors had packed the Maes expecting the Royal car to parade through. A last minute change of plan saw the Royal vehicle detour through the old train tunnel under the Maes as she entered the castle through the proposed entrance at the Eagle Tower.

Despite the change of route, many were pleased to see Her Majesty at the Queen's gate as she (accompanied by her husband Prince Phillip) waved to the crowd which had waited all morning for her.

It was the monarch's first visit to the only Royal Town in 35years and one many stated was well over due.The Gwynedd Vice Chair Tudor Owen and his wife Brenda met the Queen outside the Eagle Tower and escorted her to meet local dignitaries who enjoyed light refreshments and a friendly chat with Her Majesty.

  

Her tour of the castle had begun with a brief look a the Royal Welch Museum she also took her time to chat with soldiers, dignitaries and children who were inside the castle.

She walked in between hordes of children selected from local primary schools who flew their Welsh Flags and cheered when she came near.

A loud roar was heard from inside the castle as the Queen and Prince Phillip waved to onlookers on the Maes. The Royal couple then entered the Investiture museum before taking with invited guests before enjoying light refreshments with dignitaries at the Eagle Tower.

 

Following her visit to Caernarfon Castle, the Queen then took a short drive to the Welsh Highland Railway, the couple boarded a black Pullman carriage for a ten-minute journey on a narrow gauge railway to Dinas station.

The video below was kindly uploaded by our good friend Owain Llyr of Gweledigaeth Productions. (many thanks Owain)

 

These photos below were taken by the editor's 11 year old son (Adam) who was lucky enough to be selected with Ysgol Yr Hendre for the visit.

Prince Phillip

 
Press rush ahead of the Queen to get that "special" photo          Local children carrying their Welsh flags at the Castle

Hendre staff wait patiently for the Queen to arrive.

 

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