THE faithful city is spoiled for choice when it comes to royal history as the country comes together to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Worcester stands out with many English cities for its ties to royalty and even the city’s world famous porcelain has earned the title ‘royal’.
Today we provide a list of the top 10 historic royal sites in Worcester, courtesy of Paul Harding, director and owner of Discover History.
Perhaps the city is best known for its rich English Civil War history.
The town took center stage in the clash between Royalists and Parliamentarians that divided the country and even divided households, turning brother against brother and father against son.
It was also the war that led to the execution of Charles I, beheaded in Whitehall in 1649, who never renounced his belief in the divine right of kings.
Worcester was the site of the first skirmish (the Battle of Powick) and the last battle of this conflict (the Battle of Worcester) and has many sites related to those bloody days, including the Commandery, the Royalist headquarters during of this last decisive battle. .
The city’s spectacular cathedral, considered one of the most majestic in the country, is where we can still come face to face with the fame of King John of the Magna Carta (or at least the face of his effigy ).
He is still perhaps England’s best-known and most reviled monarch, the imperious villain of Robin Hood legends who clashed with his barons over the extent of his power. It was in this conflict that the seeds of democracy were perhaps first sown.
Also inside the cathedral is Prince Arthur Tudor’s chantry. He was the eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York (Henry VIII’s older brother), named after the great hero of British mythology.
The prince, the nation’s hope for unity after the country was ravaged by the Wars of the Roses, died of a sweat in 1502 aged just 15 and before he could become king.
Those who have ever drunk or eaten a pie at King Charles House in New Street stand where the future Charles II of England escaped after losing the final battle of the English Civil War on September 3, 1651.
Mr Harding, who runs tours of the town, has compiled his own list of places to see the best of Worcester’s royal history.
He said: “I would class myself as a Royalist and proud to say so. From the start of Her Majesty’s reign in 1952/3 she was committed to working for this nation and her Commonwealth. That is exactly what she did. She was the constant and we didn’t need to question her abilities either. She is a fantastic figurehead for this country and I publicly thank her for the many years she has data.
* The royal facade of the Guildhall, in particular the Hanoverian coat of arms at the top.
* Queen Elizabeth House (although there is “no evidence that Queen Elizabeth I visited it”)
* The tombs of King John and Prince Arthur at Worcester Cathedral
* King Charles House, the cantonment and possible HQ of the Royalists in 1651
* Bishop’s Palace, the accommodation used by most royal visitors over the years.
* Royal portraits in the magnificent Guildhall meeting rooms
* Battenhall deer Park (home today) where Queen Elizabeth I hunted
* Site of Kings School where the castle was located which was visited and held by the Royal Army during Stephen and Matilda’s Civil War (where we probably received the title of Faithful)
* The “fantastic” statue of Queen Victoria in the courts.
* Statuette of King John in the street of Copenhagen
The toll house near Gheluvelt Park where city gunmen charged George III.