Today, the 24th of July the staff and students of Bamburgh had a little thrill. We’re sorry to say that we did not share the information with our followers and friends, but Bamburgh had a royal visit. BRP Directors Graeme Young and Gerry Twomey were invited down to the dunes to meet HRH Prince Charles. Therefore they asked the staff to be on our very best behavior and to keep our distance. Naturally we chose to ignore this, and here we have our story and photos to share with you!
A approximately 2pm this afternoon, Gerry and Graeme were due to meet HRH Prince Charles, and show him some of our shiny finds. It had been a flurry of activity for our Finds staff Kirstie and Jeff, and we really can’t thank Des Taylor enough for the beautiful images of the shinier finds that we couldn’t take walking through the dunes.
Soon, HRH the Prince of Wales came down through the dunes. After meeting the Bamburgh Marine Conservation Society, it was our turn.
After shaking hands with the directors, HRH The Prince of Wales started to walk back up the dunes, waving to local children who had been swimming.
Prince Charles looks up, sees a group of filthy, mud-stained and generally unkempt young people. “Are you ALL here on holiday?” He asked.
Apparently it’s common knowledge that Prince Charles studied archaeology at Cambridge. But I was impressed, and truthfully, a bit excited to find out in a PERSONAL CONVERSATION!
I ended my conversation with Prince Charles by spluttering “You should come visit us- You can dig!”. Oh dear. At least Graeme and Gerry made us look good.
So there you have it, folks. The Bamburgh Research Project got to meet HRH Prince Charles. He was charming, and polite, and didn’t respond to my awkward question. But that’s not a no, right?