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Travel like a royal with our Insider's Guide to London!
With all the royal buzz happening right now it seemed only fitting that this month’s blog have a London theme. So let’s get the latest news from Buckingham Palace, and talk to our native Londoner agent to get her travel tips and recommendations for experiencing the royal side of London.
News from the Palace
A New Prince! Prince William and Kate Middleton, aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child, a son, on April 23rd. He has been named Louis Arthur Charles, and is now the 5th in line for the throne, knocking his uncle Prince Harry down to spot number 6.
A Royal Wedding! In case you’ve been living under a rock, Prince Harry is set to wed American actress Meghan Markel on Saturday, 19 May, 2018 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England. And yes, you can watch every majestic minute live here in the USA, starting at 5:00 am on CBS.
Wedding News! The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, will be Prince Harry’s best man at his wedding. The Archbishop of Canterbury will marry the couple, and 600 lucky members of the public will have the opportunity to be at Windsor Castle to see the whole extravaganza in person. It has also emerged that the royal couple will have a lemon elderflower cake made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based Violet Bakery.
The wedding falls on the same day as the FA cup final – which is the biggest soccer day of the year. Obviously this has caused quite a conundrum, with many Brits torn between the two events. In addition, the public are more than a little miffed that the wedding will be on a Saturday, as a royal wedding usually guarantees a day off during the work week!
Insider’s London Travel Tips
For a splendid royal display of pomp and pageantry, don’t miss the “Trooping of the Colour”, the Queen’s official birthday ceremony. This grand military spectacle is the biggest event on the royal calendar, and will take place Saturday, June 9, 2018. If you are a fan of the monarchy this is a must see - arrive early for a prime viewing spot!
Buckingham Palace is a given, but carve out time to visit Kensington Palace and you’ll get a completely different perspective. This royal residence offers a unique look into the lives of its many famous occupants, including Queen Victoria, who was born here and lived here with Prince Albert until his tragic death. Princess Diana, another tragic royal, resided at Kensington as did Queen Anne and Princess Margaret. Today, the palace serves as home to a new generation of royals – William, Kate and their children, and now Harry and Meghan. Take in the extraordinary painted staircases, opulent décor and sunken gardens from the portions of the palace open to visitors. There are also regular exhibitions well worth the time for those seeking a deeper peep into the history of this fascinating and storied family.
The Goring Hotel is situated right around the corner from Buckingham Palace, and is where her Majesty likes to entertain when not pulling out all the stops at the palace. The Goring is an ultra-luxurious, very British hotel – with silk lined walls and priceless antique furniture. Fancy a stay there? For $1700 you can enjoy 2 nights – not including breakfast!
You can’t miss Westminster Abbey. This ancient religious building has more than 1000 years of royal tradition, and is the official coronation church. The abbey has been the setting for 17 royal weddings, including the most recent – the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
Want to shop like the queen? Head on down to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly – “the queen’s grocer” and pick up a few bits and bobs. Choose from a fine selection of housewares, gifts, teas, wines and delectable sweets. If you’re not in the mood for shopping then try an “English High Tea” experience in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.
No visit to London is complete without viewing the Tower of London and Tower Bridge – but closely guarded in the Jewel House you will find a dazzling collection of almost 25,000 gemstones. Feast your eyes on crowns and ceremonial regalia dating back hundreds of years.
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