In this Platinum Jubilee year, The Bishop’s Palace will be joining the local community to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne.
Celebrations at the Palace are particularly poignant because the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who resides at the Palace, has stood at the monarch’s side at each coronation since 1179.
From June 2nd there will a Jubilee Exhibition at the Palace highlighting the significance of the Queen within the local community, showing the broad and varying reach she has had across the area. All items featured have been generously loaned by local people, each with their own unique and interesting story. This is an eclectic range of items, all of which relate to Her Majesty.
Visitors will also see the magnificent coronation cope on display at the Palace. First worn in 1902, this intricate, golden cope has been worn by the Bishop of Bath and Wells at every coronation since. Palace Guides will be on hand to illuminate the history of the cope with talks taking place throughout the weekend.
On Sunday 5th June the entire City of Wells will come together in celebration and joy with events taking place across the city. The Palace will host some out of this world visitors – we can only hope there will be a Doctor around to help!
Families are invited to join in with a community picnic on the croquet lawn on Monday 6th of June, where the Palace Croquet Team will be on hand for demonstrations and have a go sessions.