The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells Hosts Royal Visit

October 2023

We were delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester to The Bishop’s Palace earlier today. The Duke and Duchess were welcomed to the Palace by the Chair of the Palace Trust, Roger Hawes, who presented Interim CEO, Merryn Kidd.

During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses were introduced to Community Engagement Manager, Siobhan Goodwin, who discussed recent Palace initiatives which have benefitted our local community. They were then guided through the 14 acres of RHS partner gardens to the well pools by Head Gardener, James Cross who highlighted the changes that have taken place to the gardens over his 20 year tenure here.

Their Royal Highnesses also officially opened our newly created “Coronation Room” in the Palace which houses the Coronation Cope worn at the coronations of King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. Katy Love, the Palace’s Property Manager and Exhibitions Curator, talked the royal party through the new exhibits in the room.

Merryn Kidd said, “It was a huge honour to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester to The Bishop’s Palace and we were particularly pleased to be able to officially open our new Coronation Room as part of their visit”.

Do remember to come and take a look at the fascinating Coronation Room during your next visit to the Palace.

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