Hanoverian celebrations

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the portrait of George I in Bristol’s City Museum

Singularly lacking in impact in the UK this year has been the fact that, 300 years ago, a substantial change in the way we are governed took place. George I ascended to the throne of Great Britain in 1714 and perhaps because he spoke little if any English, the government of the country largely fell to parliament. Shortly after emerged our first “prime minister” (though not called that) Sir Robert Walpole.

The coming of the Hanoverians and those changes is the subject of some small exhibitions here but in Germany, they have celebrated this ancestry more than we seem to have done.

That ancestry can now be traced through a German National Tourist Office’s Royal Heritage Route, a specialist ‘Royal’ travel website which enables you to plan a ‘Royal Tour’ of Germany, from Hanover (lower Saxony) in the North to Bavaria in the South.

The website is full of ideas and activities for anyone interested in all things Royal, from how to get there, to exhibitions and events and where to go – all with a royal connection. Whether you want to stay in a castle or base yourself at a cosy guest house from which to explore Germany’s royal palaces, parks and gardens, Germany’s Royal Heritage Route brings the history of the UK-German Royal heritage to life.

Areas and places covered obviously include Hanover itself and the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. Brunswick where the unhappy wife of George IV – Princess Caroline – came from is included as is Mecklenberg from where the wife of George III came – Queen Charlotte.

Other not so well-known places such as Celle, Osnabrück, Dresden and the royal island in the North Sea – Norderney – are part of the trail. Obviously castles still featured strongly as royal residences so the trail travels via many of them including Iburg, Marienburg, Bückeburg, Friedrichshof and Sigmaringen Castles.

For more information about the trail, click here

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