How will the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex discover their new county's secrets?
With the perfect Royal wedding in Windsor now a glorious memory and the subject of many family and office conversations, we would like to extend a very warm ‘Sussex’ welcome to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
There will be many invitations offered to the happy couple to come and visit ‘their’ new county and we would like to take the liberty of offering a suggested itinerary for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to discover some ‘hidden gems’ particularly in the west of the county, and the area covered by ‘Sussex by the Sea’
The happy couple will no doubt soon discover Sussex Day, the 16th June each year is when all things Sussex are celebrated. Take a look at the latest events and ideas on how we can all celebrate the beauties of our part of Sussex and why Sussex folk just 'Won't be Druv'
The County Song “Good Old Sussex by the Sea” is likely to become very familiar to the Duke and Duchess as a popular piece of military music, and we can imagine it becoming the tune of choice for official occasions, especially with Prince Harry’s military connections.
A favourite of the Royal Sussex Regiment, the tune was penned in South Bersted, near Bognor Regis by William Ward – Higgs. One story is that it was composed around 1904 to celebrate the engagement and subsequent wedding of his sister in law Gladys to Captain Roland Waithman, of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment.
The rousing song, published in 1907 is now world famous and played at many Sussex events, especially the Sussex Bonfire parades every year. The Littlehampton Bonfire Celebrations (held annually on the last Saturday of October) is amongst the biggest of those events.
"For We're the men from Sussex, Sussex by the Sea.
We plough and sow and reap and mow,
And useful men are we;
And when you go to Sussex, Whoever you may be,
You may tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the Sea!"
Top of the many places the Duke and Duchess could visit would be:
- Arundel Castle - family home of (the premier) Duke of Norfolk, with a Royal and aristocratic history going back to just after the Battle of Hastings, nestles dramatically into the South Downs National Park, with views over the River Arun towards the coast at Littlehampton. As well as a wonderful place to visit, the castle has an architectural similarity with Windsor Castle, acting as stand in location in several films, including “The Madness of King George” and “The Young Victoria”
- Bognor Regis – traditional seaside resort, with 21st century and traditional family appeal plus a Royal heritage. The Regis epithet was awarded to the town in 1929 after King George V stayed at nearby Craigweil House, Aldwick, to recuperate from an illness and benefit from the fresh sea air. While the King and Queen Mary were in residence, three year old Princess Elizabeth (known by the family as 'Lilibet') visited too and built her sandcastles, without realising that one day she would live in several much bigger versions..
- There are two award winning beaches at Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, perfect for building new royal sandcastles, with, in between, the historically romantic Bailiffscourt Hotel, at rural Climping. This stunning hotel has ultra-modern, but traditionally styled features, just a royal stone’s throw from romantic walks along unspoilt beaches and coastline.
- Amberley Castle Hotel – a 13th century real castle with sumptuous rooms, set alongside the quintessential Sussex village of Amberley and the South Downs Way, a National Trail in the glorious South Downs National Park
- Finally, we wonder if Prince Harry knows that Sussex has its very own sport....Stoolball? According to StoolballEngland this ancient game was mentioned in Shakespeare’s ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ and is the origin of baseball and perhaps cricket too! The game is played at village clubs across the county and it's even been played at Lord's and in the grounds of Buckingham Palace! Perhaps our new Duke could encourage a para-athletic version to be introduced to his favourite Invictus Games!
Why don’t you find out more and visit these lovely places, before they become even more famous as a royal haunt?
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