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‘Incredibly ironic’: Cadw cancel Owain Glyndŵr Day after Queen’s death

09 Sep 2022 2 minute read
Owain Glyndwr picture by Llinos Dafydd. Queen Elizabeth II picture by Julian Calder (CC BY 4.0).

People have reacted by noting the “incredible irony” after Cadw cancelled an Owain Glyndŵr Day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Owain Glyndŵr Day was due to take place over the weekend at Harlech Castle, organised by Cadw which is the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

“Owain Glyndwr, arguably Wales’s greatest legend,” Cadw said. “Today is his day and we celebrate it in the castle he took in 1404.”

However, a message later posted on social media said: “We have cancelled the following events due to take place at our sites this weekend, Owain Glyndwr Day at Harlech Castle and Bute’s Victorian Birthday Bonanza at Castell Coch.”

Owain Glyndŵr fought a war of Welsh independence for 15 years from 1400 to 1415, first against Henry IV and then his son Henry V.

On being crowned Prince of Wales in 1404 in Machynlleth, Owain Glyndŵr declared his vision of an independent Welsh state with a parliament, a separate Welsh church, and two universities.

However, from 1405 the rebellion began to be pushed back and Owain Glyndŵr disappeared after 1412.

‘Doesn’t make sense’

His war of independence against the English did feature in a history book of the Royal Family sent to every school child in England to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.

Nevertheless, the decision caused some reaction on social media.

Anthony Jones reacted: “Canceled the day celebrating a Welsh prince who rallied against the English monarchy because *checks pages* an English monarch died.”

Herwyn Evans added: “Cancelling Owain Glyndwr day because an English monarch died that doesn’t even make sense.”

“Cancelling Owain Glyndwr day is hilariously ironic,” Lyndon Rosser said.

“It’s what Glyndwr would have wanted,” Rhys Williams suggested.

Glyndŵr Day, celebrated by some Welsh independence supporters as the anniversary of Owain Glyndŵr beginning his revolt against the rule of Henry IV, is usually celebrated on 16 September – so perhaps the event can still be rearranged.


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I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
17 days ago

Uncancel it ourselves, then.

G Horton-Jones
G Horton-Jones
17 days ago

Owain remains in our daily thoughts in Wales.

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
17 days ago

If Owain came back, instead of giving him shelter Cadw would rat him out to the English….
…… in my home, Glyndwr will find welcome and sanctuary and I will be celebrating him and the desire to be an independent nation EVERY day, but this weekend most of all.

Kenneth Vivian
Kenneth Vivian
17 days ago

Owain’s legacy and grandchildren featured prominently in the Welsh Few’s 1485 victory over the English that led to the first Elizabeth queen of Wales and England – and Richard Third was made of sterner stuff that Charles

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
17 days ago

So Cadw are not pro-Welsh indpendence after all. Good to know for future reference. Since Cadw is an arm of the Welsh Government perhaps the odd letter of complain to one’s MS might be in order.

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
17 days ago

I have often wondered are there any Decendents of the old Welsh Princes known

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago
Reply to  DAI Ponty

There are. Watch BBC Wales ‘Coming Home’ programme where Welsh comedian Greg Davies finds out he”s related to the first Prince of Wales, Owain Gwynedd. Only problem is half of North Wales are.too. Maybe they can claim their birthright and eject the pretender to the crown Prince William.

Last edited 17 days ago by Y Cymro
Rhosddu
Rhosddu
17 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

The head of the Annwyl family of Tywyn is the pretender to the Welsh throne.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago

Cadw are hypocrites. Would the same be done by The National Trust if someone of great importance in Wales passed suddenly? Is Liz Truss monogamous. There’s your answer. Cadw, more like , can’t do. 🙄

#OwainGlyndwr 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿✊

Jonathan Gwyn Mendus Edwards
Jonathan Gwyn Mendus Edwards
16 days ago

See Government Guidance below: 2 issues, 3 really Cadw needs to explain why it used its discretion as it did. Was it the now normal unthinking unfocussed emotion? Drakeford needs to explain if he will instruct Cadw to uncancel Wales needs to get a system of self-government chosen by the Welsh. “There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations. As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day… Read more »

Llefain
Llefain
16 days ago

I hope people still do big, public Glyndŵr Day celebrations because this is ridiculous and it is the perfect time to actually remember this man and our history.
Wow, pathetic.

Last edited 16 days ago by Llefain
Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
16 days ago

Defund Cadw

hdavies15
hdavies15
16 days ago

Has Cadw ever done anything unconditionally Welsh ? It’s more like a simpering old dame inviting all comers in for a cuppa to justify her existence. A floundering extension of the UK heritage and tourism administration.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
15 days ago

What a way to show who really is boss eh?! Was celebrating a Welsh revolutionary seen as too provocative during an English monarch’s mourning period? Can’t do anything to upset the British establishment now, can we?!

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
13 days ago

Sorry, I know no other prince but that who is called Owain Glyndwr.

David Smith
David Smith
12 days ago

The only cadwraeth these quislings do is Wales in its place under the British yoke.

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