27 JUNE 1985: THE DAY A KNIGHT FELL UNDER THE SPELL – THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES VISIT The BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD SITE ON ITS 500TH ANNIVERSARY

image imageThe nation’s sweetheart Princess Diana accompanied her husband Prince Charles on a tour of Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre near Sutton Cheney on Thursday, June 27, 1985 to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.

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They visited the Bosworth Battlefield site on the 500th Anniversary of the actual battle. The royal couple had wanted to see the site of the skirmish in which King Richard III was killed and the crown passed to Henry Tudor.
imageOn a windy day in June 1985 crowds gathered and Union Jacks fluttered to see the pair who had married just four years earlier tour the countryside battlefield site in an open-topped vehicle.
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imageimageimageThey were also treated to a re-enactment of the decisive battle that ended the Wars of the Roses in 1485.
imageA plaque unveiled by their royal highnesses remains at the visitor centre today although the site of the battle has since been discovered to be a bit further away, in an unmarked field off the Fen Lane.
imageimagePrince Charles refused to take sides during the battle re-enactment and wore a yellow rose on his lapel. They were later whisked off to Loughborough where Diana shopped at a Dr. Barnardo’s charity shop while Prince Charles attended a tree planting ceremony.
imageTheir visit also coincided with the 600th anniversary of St. Mary’s Church in Warwickshire. The royal couple visited Atherstone’s Festival Exhibition at the church after arriving at the train station, above. Huge crowds turned out to meet them.
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