If youâve ever seen yourself living like the royals and calling a palace home, then you can get one step closer to living that fairy tale by visiting some of the most iconic places by royal association.Â
If youâre around Buckingham Palace (just casually) between late July and the end of September, youâll be able to explore 19 magnificent State Rooms, where all of them are furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. Buckingham Palace is the office and London residence of Her Majesty the Queen, so youâre practically coming over for tea!
The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is open to the public to view Princess Dianaâs, Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition featuring some of the Princess of Walesâ most famous outfits.
Westminster Abbey is known for being the host of many royal weddings, including that between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and it even goes as far back as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Itâs also the site for coronations in the UK, making it rich in history. You can book tickets to visit the Abbey or, you can join in on a service for free!
Windsor Castle serves as the official residence of the Queen for one month over Easter (March-April) and, she spends her weekends there. Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and has housed 39 monarchs. Itâs open to visitors year-round and, you can even visit St Georgeâs Chapel (within the grounds of Windsor Castle) where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married!
Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
If youâve ever wanted to see the Crown Jewels in the flesh, head to the Tower of London for your chance to be amazed. The Tower of London has stored crowns and ceremonial regalia for over 600 years, and they are possibly the most-visited objects in Britain, with over 30 million visitors! Theyâre sure to take your breath away.
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Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
Dine like the Queen at Fortnum & Mason, which is known as the Queenâs grocer. Make a booking at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, which was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, while accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. From finger sandwiches, Fortnumâs scones, afternoon tea cakes and delicious tea blends, itâs an experience that will make you feel like royalty.