We may not have any royal households in Suffolk, but we do have a royal burial site at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, where kings and great warriors were laid to rest. Mound One was discovered in 1939, after the landowner, Mrs Edith Pretty, asked archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate the large mounds on her land.
Mound One is believed to be the burial site of 7th century King of East Anglia, Rædwald of East Anglia. The priceless Anglo-Saxon treasure from the site is available to view at the British Museum after it was donated by the landowner.
The treasure was buried in a ship that would have been dragged up from the River Deben. This burial ship has long disappeared, but The Woodbridge Riverside Trust is fundraising with the view to building a replica.
Harry isn't the first British royal to marry an American divorcee. In the 1930's, Wallis Simpson, who was the mistress of King Edward VIII and caused the abdication crisis, married the King and became the Duchess of Windsor.
What you may not know is that Mrs Simpson's second divorce took place at Ipswich Assizes in the County Hall. During the time of the divorce she stayed at Beach House in Felixstowe to comply with the residence requirement. Beach House is no longer there, but there is plaque on the site.
Did you know that Prince Harry trained at Wattisham in Suffolk to become an Apache pilot? At the forthcoming wedding, personnel from 3 Regiment Army Air Corps 662 Squadron, with whom he served, will line the wedding route to Windsor along with other military units.
In common with many other counties the number of pubs in Suffolk is in decline, but of those remaining many still keep their royal name. The most popular royal name here in Suffolk is The Crown, closely followed by The Kings Head and The Queens Arms.
One of the most unusual pub names is the Redwald's Ale House, a micropub in Rendlesham "...where King Redwald and his warriors gathered to drink ale,...".
So, why not gather to drink ale and raise a glass to the royal couple!
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