Royal Wedding fever prompts loan of 350-year-old wedding certificate to The National Museum of the Royal Navy

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Curator Kate Braun with The Very Reverend David Brindley, the Dean of Portsmouth with the original wedding certificate of 1662

Over 350 years ago the last Royal Wedding to take place in Portsmouth was celebrated between Charles II and Portugal’s Catherine of Braganza in 1662.

On the eve of this year’s Royal Wedding, the original wedding certificate marking the occasion is to be loaned to The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Curator Kate Braun explains: “Traditionally it is held that Charles II and Samuel Pepys created the Royal Navy, so we are delighted that the Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, David Brindley, has agreed to loan the certificate to us.”

The Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth said: “Catherine of Braganza landed close by at the hot walls in Portsmouth and was married just yards away from here. The certificate will be seen by many more people when it eventually goes on display at the National Museum.”

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The Royal Wedding certificate of 1662 marking the union of King Charles II and Catherine of Braganza is illustrated and on vellum

The certificate, which is highly ornate and written on vellum, dates back to 21 May 1662 when the young Infanta of Portugal, Catherine Duchess of Braganza married the King. It was also in Portsmouth that Catherine is reputed to have first introduced the custom of drinking tea in England, which would continue at court throughout her life.

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