Weymouth has strong links with the Royals as the town was made popular by a visit over 300 years ago.
During George III’s 60 year reign, he was advised by his physicians to take the waters at Weymouth for the sake of his health and his first trip to Weymouth in 1789. The King spent many summers here, in his brother’s lodge (Gloucester Lodge) and hosted royal dances and parties at The Old Rooms (in Trinity Street, behind the Old Rooms pub). Due to this, Weymouth became the most fashionable place in the country for all the well-to-do to spend their long summer vacations.
Weymouth has a tribute statue to the King which was erected in 1809. Visit the statue on the Esplanade and also see a replica of the bathing machine that the King would have used to paddle in the waters of Weymouth Bay.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the Borough in 2009 and this was the first trip by a reigning since King George III over 300 years later! Her majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by thousands on Weymouth Beach after a trip to the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy before the Olympics in 2012.
Whilst on Weymouth Beach, Her Majesty and The Duke walked the seafront and saw the incredible Windsor Castle sans sculpture created by Mark Anderson of SandWorld. The creation took 300 hours over 5 days to build!
Her Majesty and The Duke also stepped aboard a special chartered yacht which sailed in Weymouth Bay.