Are you swept up in royal wedding fever ahead of Prince Harry’s impending nuptials to Meghan Markle? If so, now’s the time to plan a trip to London to get your fill of all the royal sights and fuel your excitement for the big day.
There’s nowhere better than Buckingham Palace for fans of royalty. The Queen’s official residence is among the few remaining working royal palaces anywhere in the world. It has 775 rooms and some of them feature in the official tour. Be sure not to miss the famous changing of the guard ceremony during your visit.
If you’d like to see how the Queen and her family travel during the most prestigious occasions, then stop by the Royal Mews. It is the stables at Buckingham Palace and houses the royal collection of cars, coaches and carriages. The highlight of any visit is the Gold State Coach, which you may recognise from the 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Another famous mode of transport used by the Queen is the Gloriana, a 27-metre long royal barge that was commissioned especially for the Diamond Jubilee. It led a flotilla of boats on the Thames during the pageant and is as ornate and decorative as you’d expect for such an occasion. When not in service for the Queen, you can see it at St Katherine Dock, among the other boats moored there.
Kensington Palace is a must-visit if you’re particularly interested in the younger royals, as this is where William, Kate and their children live. But it is a royal residence that has been important for years, especially for women in the famous family. Queen Victoria lived at Kensington as a child and the palace was also Diana’s marital home with Charles. Among the things you’ll see on a guided tour are paintings from the royal collection.
Every royal family needs its crowns and the British collection is housed at the Tower of London. Take a walk through the display and you’ll discover the large selection of pieces that have sat atop numerous generations of monarchs on many occasions. Not only that, but the 140 ceremonial objects also includes jewel-encrusted swords, orbs, sceptres and rings.
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