Royal Grand Knockout Tournament, 1987

The Earl of Wessex, Princess Royal, and the Duke and Duchess of York participated in the Royal Grand Knockout Tournament at Alton Towers on this day in 1987. The elaborate medieval themed farce, which included teams captained by the royals competing for their charities, was organized by Prince Edward, and is regarded as one of the worst (but relatively forgotten) PR disasters for the Royal Family in that tumultuous period.


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