A Royal Visit

Honouring the Coronation of King Charles III with a look through the archives at a selection of Royal visits to Welbeck.

Throughout the years, Welbeck has welcomed many Royals to the estate, from Queen Alexander, for the wedding of the Marquis of Titchfield to Ivy Gordon-Lennox to King Charles III.

In 2011, King Charles III, then HRH Prince of Wales, visited the latest phase in the Welbeck Project - an ambitious plan to create a sustainable community to include creative and media activity as well as the arts, education and rural diversification.

King Charles III visited Carriage Court, an office development providing offices for creative and digital media businesses. King Charles III and Queen Camilla went on to tour The School of Artisan Food, an institute dedicated to teaching traditional baking, butchery and cheese-making methods.

As well as meeting students from the college, estate workers and directors, the Royal couple unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark their visit.

Several members of the Royal Family have visited the estate over the years. 

  • In October 1695, William III came to Welbeck for hare and stag hunting. The Archbishop of York and the Mayor of York were both in attendance. Courtier James Vernon described the visit, 

'We are by what I can see in a very pleasant place, and where is his Majesty will be splendidly entertained and extraordinarily well diverted; for here is much better stag hunting than was allowed by report, and for shooting, there can be no place before it. This house is encompassed with great woods, though the forest by bare enough... a great number of persons of quality of the country come to kiss the Majesty's hand and many tables were provided to treat them."  

  • In the early 1900s, King Edward VII visited for a shoot at Welbeck. Having already injured his foot before his visit, he didn't want to miss out on the shot, so he took part while sitting on a bath chair. Another guest fired a shot, killing a pheasant over the King's head. It fell, hit the side of the bath chair and burst open, covering the King in blood and feathers. Apparently, he was not amused.
  • In 1915, North Nottinghamshire was abuzz with news of a royal wedding at Welbeck Abbey. Queen Alexandra and Princess Victoria attended the wedding of the Marquis of Titchfield, son and heir of the Duke of Portland and Ivy Gordon-Lennox, daughter of Lord and Lady Algernon Charles Gordon-Lennox.

The society portrait painter and friend of the family, Philip de Laszlo, was in attendance and sketched the wedding. He also painted three portraits of the bride, including one of Ivy in her wedding dress and veil. The Marquis of Titchfield's portrait also made an appearance in the Tatler magazine, which selected him as 'Bridegroom of the Week'! Read more..