1863: Prince Arthur at Beddgelert

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Prince Arthur
Prince Arthur in 1861

In July 1863, His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, the third son of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and the late Prince Albert, visited Beddgelert and stayed at the Royal Goat Hotel aged just 13:

Visit of Prince Albert

It is not long since we noticed the extensive demonstrations of loyalty made at this charming and picturesque spot, on the occasion of the marriage of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. It has, within the last few days, been again the scene of rejoicing on the occasion of H.R.H. Prince Arthur, the third son of our beloved Queen, honoring it with a visit. In the few hours’ notice which were given previously to his Royal Highness’s arrival several triumphal arches were erected, and from many of the houses were suspended flags, banners, and other emblems of joy.

Royal Goat Hotel
Royal and Goat Hotel 1878

Many of the inhabitants and strangers assembled to receive his Royal Highness and gave him a hearty welcome, but so quietly and unassumingly did he travel, accompanied by Major Elphinstone, and the Rev. Mr. Jolly, that he passed on foot through the crowd, and gained the Royal and Goat Hotel, without being recognised. During the evening of Tuesday, there were frequent discharges of cannon, in honor of his arrival, and a little excitement prevailed; but before half-past nine o’clock all was perfectly quiet, and the solitary guardian of the public peace, and safety of the district, finding himself all alone in his glory, retired from the scene. Surely ours is a glorious land of liberty, where such a state of things prevails. We understand his Royal Highness makes the Royal and Goat Hotel his head quarters during his stay in this part of the country, and if the weather which we have had continues, we have no doubt his Royal Highness will thoroughly enjoy himself while he remains in this part of her Majesty’s dominions.

Source: The North Wales Chronicle, published 1 August 1863


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