Royal visits to Wakefield set Yorkshire record

Princesses take centre stage at Trinity Walk.

Princesses take centre stage at Trinity Walk.

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HUNDREDS of princesses descended on Wakefield today for a royal visit.

Trinity Walk shopping centre hosted the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people dressed as princesses as part of its fifth birthday celebrations.

While they fell short of the world record, 179 princesses attended in full dress and crowns.

Organisers believe it is the biggest official gathering of its kind ever in Yorkshire.

Cormac Hamilton, Trinity Walk’s centre manager, said: “While we didn’t break the world record, setting what we think is a Yorkshire record is brilliant.

“More importantly, we had so many smiling faces and it was a delight to see whole families turning up in full princess costume.

“We’ve never done anything like this before, so it wasn’t a bad first attempt and the support from other organisations and retailers was amazing.”

The event was supported by Theatre Royal Wakefield and Forget Me Not children’s hospice.

Artist Ruth Spencer Jolly who composed 'European Unison' an ensemble written for 28 pianos, representing the members of the European Union and symbolising Brexit, following a preview of her work at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2017. The composition tells the story of the EU from its birth to Brexit. The ensemble of pianos is a metaphor demonstrating "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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