On the hunt for memories of Prince Charles investiture; FILM.MAKERS WORKING ON DOCUMENTARY OF CEREMONY AT CAERNARFON CASTLE.
Byline: MARI JONES Daily Post Reporter email@example.com
DOCUMENTARY filmmakers are on the hunt for anyone who attended the Prince of Wales Investiture at Caernarfon Castle.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ceremony and ITV plans to mark the golden anniversary with a programme with the working title of "A Prince for 50 years".
Cardiff-based Yeti Films wants to speak to anyone who went to the 1969 ceremony and who may have taken pictures or even cine-film of the day itself.
The documentary, made in co-operation with Clarence House, will explore Prince Charles' relationship with Wales and will include an interview with Prince himself.
A Yeti spokeswoman said: "Part of our film will be reflecting on the day of the investiture itself.
"We are therefore interested in speaking to people who were actually inside Caernarfon Castle grounds during the investiture ceremony.
"We know there were some schoolchildren there. A schoolboy and schoolgirl were invited from every county in Wales, we'd love to speak to any of them.
"This would also like to speak to people who were perhaps involved in the ceremony in some way, or invited as a spectator, or perhaps were working in the grounds.
"A lot of people who attended will have passed away but there will be others who are now in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
"We'd also love some home cine-cam footage taken on the day from outside the castle, there were thousands of people in Caernarfon on the day so hopefully people will come forward."
They are also looking for any footage of celebrations taking place in the area or anything else relevant to the day and days surrounding it.
"It would allow us to give the people's perspective of the event," added the spokeswoman.
Prince Charles is the longest-serving Prince of Wales in British history.
The centuries-old custom of the Investiture involved the Secretary of State of Wales reading the Letters Patent in Welsh, while the Queen bestowed upon Charles five pieces of insignia: a sword, coronet, ring, the gold rod, and the kingly mantle.
Investitures fell into abeyance and the revival of investing the Prince of Wales in 1911 was largely down to the intervention of David Lloyd George who would become Prime Minister.
The ceremony at Caernarfon was well received by most but some protests were made by Welsh nationalists who associated the event with the subjugation of Wales.
When the English king, Edward I, deposed the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd during his 13th century conquest - he started the tradition of bestowing the title to the heir to the English throne.
Last November Caernarfon was transported back to 1969 by the producers of award-winning Netflix show The Crown.
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman, who plays the Queen, Game of Thrones star Tobias Menzies and Josh O'Connor who plays Prince Charles were seen during the filming.
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The Investiture of Prince Charles at Caernarfon Castle in 1969
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||May 28, 2019|
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