Stephen McClarence meets the Queen’s Champion and takes a look at happily forgotten Louth and the Wolds.
The rain buckets down as we drive south through Lincolnshire to meet the next Grand Champion of England. With next year’s 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in mind, we’re heading to Scrivelsby Court, near Horncastle, home of the Dymoke family, who have been Grand Champions since 1350.
They represent the sort of deep-rooted tradition and pageantry that foreigners love about Britain. The Grand Champion – often called King’s or Queen’s Champion – pledges to take on anyone who denies the monarch’s right to rule.