Day 712: Caernarfon

These days the heir apparent to the throne of UK is given the title Prince of Wales. This tradition dates back to 1307, when Edward of Caernarfon became King Edward II of England. Thus Caernarfon in Wales became the place of investiture, the site where the ceremony is held officially designating the next in line for the throne. The ceremony occurs at Caernarfon Castle. Laetitia began her tour there. Built in 1307 by King Edward I, the castle saw military action on several occasions, the last during the English Civil war. After a walkabout in the town, they had lunch in a pub that featured local specialties such as white bait (fried bait-size fish) and black beef lob (stew of Welsh beef and root vegetables).

The leek is a national symbol of Wales. According to legend, St. David ordered his warriors to wear leeks as a means of recognition. Whether the recognition was to be by sight or smell is not clear. Leeks are also very popular in Welsh cuisine, leading to the limerick of the day. This was Laetitia’s last day in Wales before beginning a new series of tours across the Channel in continental Europe.

When a Faroese lass from Torshavn
Sought amore with a lad from Caernarfon
And found his breath reeks
From consumption of leeks
She married a lad from Dungarvan.

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