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Rare Royal chair returns.

A ROYAL chair which formed part of the Prince of Wales's historic investiture ceremony in Caernarfon Castle in 1969 has travelled hundreds of miles back home to its place of origin in North Wales.

Now highly collectable, the Investiture Chair designed by Lord Snowdon and used by royals and celebrities to witness Prince Charles accepting his Prince of Wales title, now has pride of place at the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno.

The Imperial's General Manager Geoff Lofthouse always wanted an Investiture Chair but didn't think there were any left for sale as overseas royal enthusiasts from Australia to the USA have snapped them up over the past 45 years.

But Geoff's brother-in-law spotted one for sale by chance when visiting a London auction house last month and he bought it as a gift for Geoff who has now placed it within the reception area of the Imperial for all to see.

The red stained, wooden Prince of Wales Investiture Chair, its back complete with a gilt Prince of Wales crest and comfortable, red wool foam padded seat, would have been used by some of the 4,000 dignitaries, royals and others who witnessed the investiture ceremony.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 19, 2014
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