Yesterday was a wet and miserable day. The weather was still a little iffy the next morning so we decided to leave the island for the day and visit Caernarfon.
Caernarfon today is known as the place where Prince Charles was invested a Prince of Wales in 1969 at Caernarfon Castle. . Since 1282 when the English defeated Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (the last true Prince of Wales) the title has been bestowed on heirs to the English throne. However the investiture only took place in Wales in Caernarfon since 1911.
The castle which dominates the town was started in 1283 by Edward I and was built as a symbol of Anglo-Norman might and the first non Welsh Prince of Wales was born at the castle.
We started our exploration along the Victorian dock (now upmarket residents and shops) then by the harbour and the old walls of the town and then along the shore to get great views of the castle. We wandered then into the charming town square and the enjoyed exploring the castle. The castle was an impressive ruin and you could even stand on the 1969 balcony where the new Prince of Wales was presented to the people by the Queen. We then wandered the old streets back to the car with the sun now starting to shine.