After listening to a fascinating presentation on the history of the British monarchy from a visiting speaker, 16 students went on a trip to The Royal Pavilion, the pleasure palace built in 1787 for The Prince of Wales (who later became King George IV). The tour of the Pavilion provided a glimpse into the extravagant tastes of the prince, who loved spectacle and went to great lengths to amaze his guests.
The students were particularly impressed by the the Banqueting Room, with its huge chandelier hanging from the claws of a 3.5-metre long silver dragon. They also enjoyed looking around the Great Kitchen, in which the prince’s chef once famously prepared a menu of 116 dishes. With the talk and the trip combined, the students came away with a much greater understanding of the British royal family and its connections with Brighton throughout history.