The last Prince of Wales: consumption, commemoration, and the death of Ray Gravell

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    Ray Gravell first achieved fame as a member of the great Welsh rugby team of the 1970s. After his playing career was over he moved into the national media, working as an actor and a broadcaster. This article examines obituaries and other newspaper accounts after the death of Gravell and the ways in which celebrity is consumed and (re)presented. It looks at cultures of commemoration in both the mourning and the celebration of this figure and analyzes how the past and the present are (re)presented in a complex interplay of imagining the nation. In an analysis informed by social identities research it explores Gravell’s symbolic significance and positions him as the last Prince of Wales.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)158-172
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Sport Communication
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013



    • Wales
    • Rugby Union
    • national identity

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