Royal visits to Wakefield


Nearly 200 princesses descended on Wakefield on Sunday August 7 in a mass royal visit.

Trinity Walk shopping centre hosted the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as a princess as part of its 5th birthday celebrations.

While they fell short of the world record, a 179 princesses attended in full dress and crowns – making for what organisers understand is the biggest official gathering of its kind ever in Yorkshire.

Cormac Hamilton, Trinity Walk’s centre manager, said: “While we didn’t break the world record, setting what we think is a Yorkshire record is brilliant. More importantly, we had so many smiling faces and it was a delight to see whole families turning up in full princess costume. We’ve never done anything like this before, so it wasn’t a bad first attempt and the support from other organisations and retailers was amazing.”

The event was supported by Theatre Royal Wakefield – including their very own Sleeping Beauty and bed – and Forget Me Not children’s hospice charity who provided impartial witnesses to oversee the attempt.

Mascots from Ridings FM, Social Wakefield and Handmade Burger Co also attended, wearing specially made princess dresses.

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