Duke and Duchess of York’s Bard Initiation, 1926

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The Duke and Duchess of York were initiated into the fraternity of the Gorsedd of the Bards by the Archdruid Howell Elvet Lewis in a Druidic Ceremony at the Royal Welsh National Eisteddfod in Swansea on this day in 1926. The Gorsedd is a society of Welsh-language poets, writers, musicians and others who have contributed to the Welsh language and to public life in Wales and the Eisteddfod is a festival with ranked competitions of Welsh poetry and music. Their daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was initiated into the Mystic Circle of the Bards almost exactly 20 years later, in 1946.


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  1. This is so cool! Gosh, I wonder if this still takes place. I’m going to have to do some research!

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