Palatinate Leisure is a subsidiary of Palatinate Group and is a UK based leisure and holiday group specialist with leading positions in the UK and other major European markets.
Founders Ross Marshall and Andrew Harding set the business up in early 2005. Both ex Durham University graduates, Palatinate is a colour associated with the County of Durham, England. It comes in two versions, a Palatinate blue associated with the county and a Palatinate purple associated with the university. The sporting colours of Durham, awarded by Durham University Athletic Union, are known as Palatinates.
A county palatine is an area ruled by a count palatine (or earl palatine, who may hold the higher title of duke) with special authority and autonomy from the rest of the kingdom. In feudal times, counts palatine exercised royal authority, and ruled their counties largely independently of the king, though they owed allegiance to him. In England today there are three counties which are formally palatine counties, namely, County Durham, Cheshire and Lancashire.
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