Thursday 18 January 2018
Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle were given a taste of Welsh culture, today (18 January), during an official visit to Cardiff Castle.
After taking a tour of the capital city’s impressive historic site, they were presented with a traditional Welsh lovespoon — a gift from the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) and Visit Wales. The gift was presented to the couple by Harry (6) and Megan (9) from Marlborough Primary School in Cardiff.
The tradition of lovespoons dates back to the 17th Century, when wooden spoons were decoratively carved and given to suitors as a gift of romantic intent. The unique gift, hand-crafted for the Royal couple, features their initials alongside a Celtic knot, horseshoe and barley twist — said to symbolise eternal love, good luck, and togetherness.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Our traditional lovespoon is given as a symbol of friendship, caring and good luck, and I’m delighted that Cadw has been able to offer the couple this piece of Welsh craftsmanship as a very fitting gesture from us on their first visit to Wales following their engagement.”
The bespoke lovespoon has been designed and created for the royal couple by master craftsman Les Williams of Pageant Wood Crafts, Llanrwst.