Tucked away on the banks of the estuary of the River Dart, the small harbour town of Dartmouth is a patchwork of narrow lanes, stone staircases and historic buildings.
But in addition to its architectural importance and historical significance, Dartmouth also has deep-rooted connections with the Crown and various royals with titles of nobility.
"A schipman was ther, wonyng fer by weste;
For ought I wost, he was of Dertemouthe."
But in terms of modern connections with English nobility, perhaps the most fascinating is Dartmouth's role in the Queen’s 65 year marriage to Prince Philip - the longest serving consort in British History.
You see back in 1939 and before the outbreak of the Second World War, King George VI visited Dartmouth with his two daughters - Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.
During their time in the South West they visited the Britannia Royal Naval College. Princess Elizabeth was just 13 at the time and Philip, who was a promising cadet, was assigned the daunting task of entertaining the royal siblings. Photographic archives suggest it was over a game of croquet at the Royal Naval College that Princess Elizabeth first met her husband-to-be.
After this introduction it is said that the Queen and Prince Philip started to exchange letters. They were later married on 20th November 1947 and have enjoyed a long and happy union that has spanned over six decades.
This extract of a speech delivered at a Passing Out Parade in 2010 is a touching reminder of the significance of Dartmouth to the Queen.
"It is here at the Royal Naval College, perhaps more than anywhere else, that I am reminded of how time flies by…
I find it hard to believe that it is very nearly seventy years ago that I first came here with my parents just before the last war."
The Queen – From a speech delivered at the Royal Naval College on 10th April 2008
But it's not only the reigning monarch who has strong, personal connections with Dartmouth.
The Britannia Royal Naval College has played a key role in training and educating officers since 1863, and a number of high-ranking Royals holding titles of nobility have spent time there. The list includes Kings George V and George VI, Prince Charles (the Prince of Wales), Prince Andrew (the Duke of York) and the more recently titled Prince William (Duke of Cambridge).
Whilst titles of nobility are inherited or presented as an honour granted by the Queen, it is still possible for ordinary people like you to buy a presumed Title of your own.
And given the rich heritage, naval tradition and connections with nobility, Dartmouth is arguably the perfect place to buy your seated title.
A Seated Title includes the presumed title "Lord and Lady" - or any other Title - and is associated with a small land parcel (20cm x 20cm) located in the historic town of Dartmouth. It means YOU and your partner could be known as Lord and Lady of Dartmouth or any other place name you desire (CLICK HERE to see a comprehensive list of available place names). What's more, it's all perfectly legal. That's because under UK law you have the right to call yourself anything you like - as long as you're not doing it for legal or fraudulent purposes.
You can buy your Seated Title in Dartmouth exclusively from Elite Titles for just £995. This all-inclusive fee includes:
1. The cost of the land itself
2. One or two applicants – perfect for a couple who want to be Lord and Lady
3. All Land Registry Fees and Title Registration Fees
4. All legal costs associated with the transfer of ownership of the land
5. Preparation of all Title documentation – it's perfect for framing
6. Worldwide delivery of all documents – you can buy a seated title even if you're NOT a UK citizen.
Buying a presumed title with an associated parcel of land is a fun way to become a Lord or Lady for show purposes.
What's more, because the land parcel is also inheritable, it will form part of your estate and can be passed onto your children – or anyone else you choose in your Will.
So if you'd like to feel a closer connection with the rich heritage and tradition of Dartmouth, a Seated Title could be your answer. CLICK HERE to buy yours today.Buy now