Norfolk’s royal connections could provide tourism boost

Norwich has a long association with the Kings and Queens of Britain, from William I, who established Norwich Castle as a royal palace soon after the conquest, to the opening of the Forum by the Queen in 2002.

The royals have made regular visits to the county over the years and Prince William and his new bride also chose to attend their first public engagement together at the Teenage Cancer Trust Gala at Thursford late last year.

Now, with billions of people around the world watching the spectacularly successful wedding between the couple on Friday, 29 one tourism boss believes it could boost the number of visitors to the county.

Richard Ellis, chairman of Norfolk tourism, said: 'I think the fact Norfolk has such great royal connections speaks for itself.

'Norfolk Tourism is obviously really keen to promote these which will hopefully benefit the whole of the Norfolk economy.

'I think the most interesting thing will be how it affects visitor numbers at Sandringham.'

He added: 'I felt proud to be British and I thought the way the wedding was staged was brilliant.

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'That plus the fact London looked wonderful and with all the crowds, it's all good news for visitors.

'We've just got to hope some of those people find their way to Norfolk.'