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Visit the residences, palaces and parks used by the royal family of past and present. Walk the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral where Prince Charles and Princess Diana married or Westminster Abbey where their son Prince William will wed Kate Middleton. View the royal art collection and the stables where Her Majesty's horses are groomed. Try on a bearskin hat worn by the Queen's guards or imagine life in the kitchens used to serve Henry VIII. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew house a former royal palace one used as a nursery for royal children as well as the world's largest collection of plants. If catching a glimpse of the Queen is a priority visit in June when the country celebrates her official (not actual) birthday with the Trouping of the Colours ceremony. For more information on the royal family and their appearances visit www.royal.gov.uk or read the daily Court Circular in London's newspapers.


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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

  • 13 Buckingham Palace Road
  • At end of The Mall (on the road running from Trafalgar Sq.)
  • tel:020/7766-7300
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

  • Kensington Gardens
  • The Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, W8
  • tel:0870/7515-170
  • Visit website
  • London, W8 4PX
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

  • Wellington Barracks
  • (Buckingham Palace)
  • tel:+44 20 783 9137
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

  • West Carriage Drive
  • tel:+44 (0)20 7298 2100
  • Visit website
  • London, W2 2UH
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

  • Hampton Court Road
  • East Molesey, Surrey
  • tel:0870/752-7777
  • Visit website
  • East Molesey, KT8 2EU
Royal Mews

Royal Mews

  • Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Rd., SW1
  • tel:020/7766-7322
  • Visit website
  • London
Diana Fountain

Diana Fountain

  • West Carriage Drive
  • London
Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial

  • Kensington Gardens
  • tel:+44 1392 66 5858
  • Visit website
  • London, SW7

This astonishing 175ft (53m) high memorial was built by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved Consort in 1872. Albert sits on his throne holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The memorial has been called "one of the grandest high-Victorian Gothic extravaganzas anywhere" and the frieze around its base is the greatest stone pantheon in London. In keeping with Albert's philosophy of promoting understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Science, it features 169 life-sized heroes of the Victorian Age, including Shakespeare, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Wren, Turner, Rembrandt, Mozart, Homer, Pythagoras, and 159 other greats. Allegorical figures of Agriculture, Commerce, Manufacture and Engineering also adorn the memorial. read more about Albert Memorial

The Queen's Gallery

The Queen's Gallery

  • Buckingham Palace Road
  • Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Rd., SW1
  • tel:020/7766-7301
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA
St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

  • St. Paul's Churchyard
  • St. Paul's Churchyard, EC4
  • tel:020/7246-8350
  • Visit website
  • London, EC4M 8AD
The Guards Museum

The Guards Museum

  • Birdcage Walk
  • (Wellington Barracks)
  • tel:+44 20 7414 3271 / +44 20 7414 3428 / +44 20 7414 3430
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1E 6HQ

Dedicated to Her Majesty's Household Division which protects the Sovereign and Royal Palaces... in other words, dedicated to those who wear the red tunic and bearskin hat! Small and quiet, The Guards Museum is a perfect place to learn more about the royal guards and even have your photo taken in that famous regimental tunic and hat. On display are uniforms, helmets, instruments, medals, a tent from the Crimean War and more. There's a little shop next door to the Guards Museum and you might even catch the new guards forming at nearby Wellington Barracks before the Changing of the Guard ceremony at London's Buckingham Palace. read more about The Guards Museum

St. James's Park

St. James's Park

  • Horse Guards Road
  • tel:+44 20 7930 1793
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 2BJ
Clarence House

Clarence House

  • Westminster
  • Stable Yard Gate, SW1
  • tel:020/7766-7303
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 1AA

Adjacent to St James's Palace, Clarence House was the home of The Queen, (then Princess Elizabeth), and Duke of Edinburgh, following their marriage in 1947. Most recently it was the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, from 1953 until her death in 2002. Today it is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry (until William moves to his own residence after his wedding in April). In 2003 Clarence House became the latest royal house to open its doors to the general public; from early August to early September visitors are taken on a guided tour of five of the staterooms, where much of the Queen's collection of art and furniture is on display read more about Clarence House

St. James's Palace

St. James's Palace

Horse Guards Parade

Horse Guards Parade

Household Cavalry Museum (The)

Household Cavalry Museum (The)

  • Whitehall
  • Horse Guards, Whitehall SW1
  • tel:+44 20 7930 3070
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1A 2AX
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

  • 20 Dean's Yard
  • Broad Sanctuary, SW1
  • tel:020/7222-5152
  • Visit website
  • London, SW1P 3PA