London may be known for Big Ben, Parliament, and its double-decker buses, but arguably the best reason for visiting the city are all of the exciting Royal attractions that London holds. Her Royal Highness is head of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations and she comes from a long history of monarchs that have ruled over the UK and beyond. London has numerous attractions that will dazzle and captivate you; you can see historical attractions from previous rulers along with important artifacts from the current Royal family.
Built in 1703, Buckingham Palace still stands as the London residence and principle workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Buckingham Palace is probably the most important of all the top royal attractions in London. When visiting you can take a tour through the State Rooms where the Queen and Royal Family entertain guests. Be advised, however, that the palace is not open to the public year round. This year it will be opened from 25 July-27 September, with visiting times varying for each month. Visit the official website to plan your trip accordingly. If you aren't able to make it to view the inside of the palace, check out the Changing of the Guard ceremony which happens each day at 11:15 in the morning.
With 500 years of history, the most famous resident of this palace was King Henry VIII. Famous for his separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church and for his radical changes to the English Constitution. Costumed guides will take you through the residence where King Henry VIII lives with all six of his wives.
You're intrigued by the Changing of the Guard, it was a fantastic ceremony to see, now you can see the behind-the-scenes action that makes it all happen. You can see the troopers working with their horses in the original 18th-century stables and view pictures from throughout history.
Visit the childhood home of future Queen Victoria later to become the home of Diana, Princess of Wales. You can learn about Queen Victoria in the special exhibit: Queen Victoria revealed or revel in the fashion of The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana. Children will enjoy creating a puppet doll of Queen Victoria or going on a trail through the King's State apartments.
Among London's many shops are specific stores that are Royal Warrant Holders. These shops are certified places that have supplied goods or services to the Royal family for at least five years. Pick up some lovely Jo Malone fragrances from John Lewis Oxford Street or grab a bite to eat at Berry Bros and Rudd. You can brag to all of your friends that you visiting a favorite of the Queen herself! This is quite possibly the most unique of the top royal attractions in London.
This is the church where all of the Royal action takes place, from the coronation of Her Royal Highness to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, though it holds much more history than that of the last 100 years. The present church was built for Henry III as his burial site and still stands as a phenomenal attraction to visit whilst in London. You can take an audio guide throughout or opt for the ever-popular verger-led tour. The whole family will enjoy viewing the coronation chair brought to the Abbey in 1296 and the Lady Chapel which stands as an exemplary view of English medieval architecture.
While visiting Buckingham Palace you must visit the Royal Mews. It is a working stable and home to Royal collection of historic coaches and carriages. The Diamond Jubilee State Coach is on display here, used as the Royal Coach of the Diamond Jubilee in 2002. A free guided tour is led by the Wardens who are responsible for all road travel of the Royal Family.
Ready to be among the Royals? Start planning your trip to London, but don't forget to grab travel insurance when booking your trip-you'll be covered from Kensington Palace to the Royal Mews and everywhere in between.
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