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Trinity and charity hoping to set royal record (watch the promo video here)

Princess of all ages are being invited to help set a right royal record in Wakefield this summer.

Trinity Walk shopping centre are teaming up with Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as a princess on Sunday August 6.

The current record is 419 and the shopping centre alongside the charity – which covers the whole of West Yorkshire – is confident they can help set a new global record.

Guinness World Record rules state that to take part, people must come wearing a long dress or gown down to their ankles and a crown or tiara – spare crowns will be available for free on the day.

Princess Jasmine from Theatre Royal Wakefield will be at the event ahead of their Chinese-themed panto later in the year – people can get photos with her as well as other famous princesses including Belle from Beauty and the Beast and ice queen Elsa.

Men, women and children of all ages are invited to take part, with free face painting and free activities taking place between 12pm and 4pm and the main record attempt count is at 2pm, lasting five minutes.

Ryan Grint, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Community Fundraiser, said: “We can’t wait to attempt this unique world record with our friends at Trinity Walk and whatever happens it is sure to be a fun day out for the whole family. We want to help bring a world record to Wakefield and Yorkshire so with the help of our local community – and a long dress and crown – we believe we can do that.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our charity across the region and every penny raised will help us be able to continue supporting local children with life shortening conditions and their families. It promises to be a fun day out at Trinity Walk and ultimately, a great excuse to dress up as a princess – we’d love to see as many people as possible.”

Cormac Hamilton, Trinity Walk’s centre manager, said: “It’s not often you get the chance to dress as a princess in public, so this is a fantastic opportunity to do something exceptionally fun, free, for a good cause and hopefully set a world record.

“We do things a bit differently at Trinity Walk and like to push ourselves to promote Wakefield and Yorkshire. Working with charities like Forget Me Not, which does such vital work that supports so many families, is part of that – so if we can help raise their profile and make some money, all the better.”

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports local children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire and must raise £3.8 million each year to continue running their service.

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