- On December 5, 2017
The world is now gleefully awaiting the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. It’s set to be watched by a worldwide audience when it takes place in May at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – hundreds of miles away from Manchester.
While the south does boast the bulk of the country’s royal history – particularly places like Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace in London – Manchester does hold numerous links to past and future monarchs. With this in mind, here’s a look a three of the city’s royal links that locals can take pride in.
A rather imposing statue of Queen Victoria sits on Piccadilly Gardens. Completed in 1901, Victoria had died by the time it was unveiled and didn’t get to see the massive fanfare that surrounded it being made public. So why were people so obsessed with Queen Victoria in Manchester? Well, she actually made numerous visits to the city as she oversaw its continued dominance in industry and she was the first monarch to visit in hundreds of years. As a result, it was felt that the statue was necessary.
England very briefly lost its monarch from 1649 to 1660 when King Charles was overthrown in the English Civil War. Manchester played an important part in this war, with key battles taking place along Deansgate and on Market Street. Manchester was one of the only parts of Lancashire that were rebelling against the king, therefore meaning their allegiance made a huge impact on royal history.
Prince Charles and Diana
Millions watched Prince Charles marry Princess Diana in 1981. It took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, but Manchester was still represented on the day. The couple’s wedding cake was actually made by Stockport bakery ‘The Ash Tea Rooms’. Once the cameras stopped rolling, it was a Manchester-made dessert that the guests all enjoyed at the reception.
Don’t underestimate Manchester
Manchester truly has it all – and it’s sure to keep shaping history for years to come. If you’re lucky enough to live in the city, don’t forget that it’s got strong links to royal history, not to mention amenities such as bars, cafes and self-storage units, right on your doorstep.