Coffee in Queen Elizabeth’s Guest Chamber?

Queen Elizabeth I visited Canterbury in 1573. She was 40 years old at the time, and was under pressure to marry and breed “before it was too late”.  In Canterbury she met and and entertained the Duke of Alençon in what was then the state room of the Crown Inn. Some historians think that she was “interviewing” the Duke with the idea of marriage, but ultimately she decided against the gentleman. This moment is enshrined in the old song “Froggy went a’courting”, as the Duke was French and not popular with the British people!

This building, on the high street in Canterbury, is the very room where Queen Elizabeth stayed on her trip to Canterbury. It’s now owned by Caffe Nero, if you can believe it. On one hand, I appreciate that an old building can be both preserved and utilized in a modern manner, but on the other hand I think it’s tacky!


Posted on 14/04/2011, in Exploring the UK, Silly British Things, travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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