For sale: a right royal piece of history

The very bedroom where Queen Elizabeth and her "dashing" young husband Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh spent the night on their visit to Dunedin 55 years ago is up for sale.

And . . . it comes complete with a hotel.

The room is one of the 24 "en suite hotel rooms" in the Law Courts Hotel, which is subject to a deadline sale closing on August 21.

The couple's room has undergone considerable renovation since the royal night in 1954 when it consisted of a bedroom, a lounge and a balcony.

A red carpet was rolled out for the couple as they arrived at the hotel from the railway station and they waved to thousands of cheering fans from the balcony.

A film of the royal suite, with locally made furniture and a locally devised colour scheme, shot by a member of the Otago Cine Club, is held by the New Zealand Film Archive.

Dunedin was decked out in red, white and blue bunting and Union flags for the visit, part of the Queen's world coronation tour.

Law Courts owner Kevin Dunn, of Arrowtown, said he bought the hotel in November 2002 and had put it back on the market when the lease of the business had become available.

Originally called The Auld Scotland Hotel, it was built in 1863.

The name changed in 1902.

It was partly demolished and rebuilt in its current style in 1937 and refurbished for the Queen's visit.

Mr Dunn was responsible for the construction of the Centennial Court Motor Inn, in Alexandra, in 1982, which he sold in 1994.




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