We look forward to celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday on the 21st April 2016 and look back at a holiday with her grandparents in Sussex by the Sea!
At nearly three years old in 1929, the then Princess Elizabeth visited her grandfather King George V at Craigweil House in Aldwick, just west of Bognor, while he was recovering from an illness. Following the King's recovery, the small seaside town was awarded the suffix "Regis", which is still proudly proclaimed to this day.
Why not pay a visit to Bognor Regis Museum, where you can find out more about the Royal visits.
This lovely picture shows the King, with Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth, for which we thank Bognor Regis Town Council. Click on this link to their history page to read the full story.
Although Craigweil House sadly no longer exists, you can still holiday like a Queen (or King) and enjoy the same simple childhood pleasures on Bognor Regis beach that perhaps 'Dear Lilibet' enjoyed.
- Building sandcastles (or sandpies, as the Princess would have known them) on the beach. For inspiration, you could use the design of the Royal castle at Windsor or even nearby Arundel Castle
- Enjoying a paddle in the sea
- Rock pooling on Bognor Regis beach, particularly in Aldwick and Felpham. Check for local low tide times.
- Spending real, quality time with family - something we would all appreciate the opportunity to do
- Perhaps even eating a traditional British seaside fish and chip meal (cooked with local catch of course!)
Enjoy even more Things to Do, and a great range of organised events listed on our What's On Calendar, including:
- the official Lighting of the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton seafront Beacons on 21 April, where you can join the nation, Commonwealth and the whole world in celebrating this momentous occasion. Click on the links provided for further information from the organisers
- Later in June, Arundel will be holding a Queen's Picnic to celebrate Her Majesty's Official Birthday,
We all know that it is increasingly important in the fast paced 21st century - to take time to enjoy simple pleasures,so why not plan your own traditional 'get away from it all' type break in Sussex by the Sea? If it's good enough for Royalty.......