Say yes to a hol­i­day in­spired by Harry and Meghan’s wed­ding

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE - KERRY PARNELL

With less than a week un­til Prince Harry weds his Amer­i­can fi­ancee Meghan Markle in the chapel of Wind­sor Cas­tle, Es­cape rounds up the royal cou­ple’s top city spots.From their Kens­ing­ton Palace home to their favourite pub, get a taste of re­gal Lon­don life.


There’s no place like home and very few homes like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love pad in Kens­ing­ton Palace. The pretty lit­tle palace in Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens has been Harry’s home since he was a child when he lived there with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Now, the prince and his bride will re­port­edly move into Apart­ment 1, a 21-room flat next door to Prince Wil­liam and Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge, who took over Princess Mar­garet’s for­mer home.

The bride and groom cur­rently live in Harry’s bach­e­lor pad, Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, which is also in the grounds of the palace.

The royal apart­ments are closed to the pub­lic but the main palace next door is open to vis­i­tors. It’s a charm­ing build­ing – first used by 17th cen­tury monar­chs Wil­liam and Mary, and Queen Vic­to­ria spent her child­hood here. In­side there’s a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of Diana’s dresses, Diana: Her Fash­ion Story, which has proved so pop­u­lar it has been ex­tended all year and ex­panded with ad­di­tional out­fits, as well as the new ex­hi­bi­tion Vic­to­ria Re­vealed, with a col­lec­tion of Queen Vic­to­ria’s jew­els on dis­play.

Ad­mis­sion: Adult £14.40 (about $26), child £7.20 (about $13).

HRP.ORG.UK HIGH STREET KENS­ING­TON LON­DON W8 Kens­ing­ton Palace is sit­u­ated right along­side the up-mar­ket shop­ping area of High Street Kens­ing­ton and like Diana be­fore her, Meghan has been spot­ted do­ing some shop­ping along the strip. Her favourite stores in­clude the high-end florist Kens­ing­ton Flower Cor­ner, out­side St Mary Ab­bots Church, and the three-storey UK flag­ship of gro­cery stores, Whole Foods Mar­ket in The Bark­ers Build­ing.

KENSINGTONFLOWERCORNER.CO.UK WHOLEFOODSMARKET.COM WIND­SOR CAS­TLE WIND­SOR, BERK­SHIRE, No Harry and Meghan tour would be com­plete with­out head­ing just west of Lon­don to Wind­sor for a look around their wed­ding venue. The 11th cen­tury Wind­sor Cas­tle is an im­pos­ing build­ing, founded by Wil­liam the Con­queror and still used as a week­end home by the Queen. It’s also the burial place of Henry VIII and Charles I. Open all year, you can walk through the mag­nif­i­cent State Apart­ments and St Ge­orge’s Chapel, where the wed­ding cer­e­mony is be­ing held, and watch the Chang­ing of the Guard cer­e­mony. Full of trea­sures, one of the most pop­u­lar is Queen Mary’s doll­house, a 1920s mas­ter­piece built for Ge­orge V’s wife that even in­cludes run­ning wa­ter and elec­tric­ity.

Ad­mis­sion: Adult £21.20, child £12.30.

ROYALCOLLECTION.ORG.UK FROGMORE HOUSE WIND­SOR, BERK­SHIRE Harry and Meghan’s evening re­cep­tion is be­ing held in Frogmore House, a royal res­i­dence near Wind­sor Cas­tle. The house has been a royal re­treat for 300 years – it was the home of Queen Vic­to­ria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, and is full of trea­sures in­clud­ing art­work by Gains­bor­ough, Leonardo da Vinci and Canaletto as well as a room full of items from the de­com­mis­sioned Royal Yacht Bri­tan­nia. The home is usu­ally only ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic for three char­ity open days from June 5-7, but larger groups can also tour in August.

Ad­mis­sion: £10.30 per per­son.

ROYALCOLLECTION.ORG.UK BUCK­ING­HAM PALACE LON­DON SW1 Meghan will have to get used to pop­ping up to the Big House to visit her in-laws. It’s worth walk­ing down the Mall to see the im­pos­ing palace and catch the Chang­ing of the Guard, but you can also take a tour in­side in sum­mer time. Buck­ing­ham Palace is open to the pub­lic from July to Septem­ber, when you can visit The State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews with its col­lec­tion of royal coaches, in­clud­ing the Gold State Coach.

Ad­mis­sion: The State Rooms’ stan­dard ad­mis­sion is £24 adult and £13.50 child. A Royal Day Out ticket in­cludes ad­mis­sion to all three venues in Buck­ing­ham Palace,


for £42.30 an adult and £23.30 a child. ROYALCOLLECTION.ORG.UK CLEAVE & COM­PANY 1 BUCK­ING­HAM PALACE, LON­DON SW1 Af­ter a royal sou­venir? A few min­utes’ walk from Buck­ing­ham Palace, you’ll find the court jew­ellers who made Meghan’s en­gage­ment ring, which con­sists of a di­a­mond from Botswana sur­rounded by two more from Diana’s col­lec­tion. Cleave & Com­pany has a royal war­rant and a long re­la­tion­ship with the palace. But you are out of luck if you want a copy of the ring as the jew­ellers de­clared it a one-off. Direc­tor Stephen Con­nelly said: “We’re not go­ing to be mak­ing repli­cas of it.”

WWW.CLEAVE.COM WEST­MIN­STER ABBEY WEST­MIN­STER, LON­DON SW1 Also sit­u­ated near Buck­ing­ham Palace is West­min­ster Abbey, where Wil­liam mar­ried Cather­ine in 2011, Prince An­drew mar­ried Sarah Fer­gu­son in 1986, the Queen mar­ried Philip Mount­bat­ten in 1947 and was sub­se­quently crowned in 1953. A more his­toric build­ing you will not find – it has been the corona­tion place of kings and queens since 1066 and is the burial site of ev­ery­one from Charles Dar­win to Sir Win­ston Churchill and later this year, it has been an­nounced, Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing.

Ad­mis­sion: Adult £22, child £9.

WEST­MIN­STER-ABBEY.ORG ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ST PAUL’S CHURCHYARD, LON­DON, EC4 The only royal cou­ple to do things dif­fer­ently with their wed­ding venue was Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, who chose St Paul’s Cathedral for their 1981 nup­tials, be­cause it seated more peo­ple – they in­vited 3500 guests, com­pared with Harry and Meghan’s guest list of 600. This icon of the Lon­don sky­line has been stand­ing for 1400 years and was fa­mously re­built by Sir Christopher Wren af­ter the Great Fire of Lon­don in 1666.

Ad­mis­sion: Adult £18, child £8.

STPAULS.CO.UK SLOANE STREET CHELSEA, LON­DON SW1 For some more se­ri­ous shop­ping, you can make like Meghan and head to Sloane Street, which runs from Knights­bridge to Sloane Square and then walk along the King’s Road in Chelsea. A favourite of Cather­ine and Diana be­fore her, the long shop­ping strip is home to de­signer bou­tiques, from Har­vey Ni­chols to Prada and chic restau­rants like The Ivy Chelsea Gar­den – an off­shoot of the fa­mous West End eatery. Meghan has been spot­ted stock­ing up in the Heidi Klein beach­wear store near Sloane Square and in the Sarah Chap­man skin­care shop nearby.


Ev­ery­one loves tak­ing in a West End show when in Lon­don – in­clud­ing Harry and Meghan. The pair was seen en­joy­ing the smash-hit show

Hamil­ton at Vic­to­ria Palace Theatre

and The Cu­ri­ous in­ci­dent of the Dog In the Night-Time at the Giel­gud Theatre. The lat­ter pro­duc­tion is now on an in­ter­na­tional tour and hits Aus­tralia next month, show­ing in Bris­bane, Canberra, Syd­ney, Ade­laide and Perth.

Ad­mis­sion: Hamil­ton tick­ets from £37.50, tick­et­mas­ Cu­ri­ous tick­ets from $99.90.

CURIOUSINCIDENT.COM.AU TWICKENHAM STA­DIUM WHITTON RD, TWICKENHAM TW2 The “home of rugby union” is Twickenham Sta­dium, or “Twick­ers” as it’s known lo­cally, where you’ll find Harry for all the ma­jor events, as the prince is pa­tron of the English rugby union and league, so Meghan had bet­ter read up on the rules if she wants to keep up. You can take back­stage sta­dium tours on non­match days and visit the on-siteWorld Rugby Mu­seum.

Ad­mis­sion: Mu­seum only, adult £12.50, child £7.50, mu­seum and sta­dium tour, adult £25, child £15.

ENGLANDRUGBY.COM WIM­BLE­DON TEN­NIS CLUB CHURCH RD, WIM­BLE­DON, LON­DON SW19 Mean­while, Meghan’s favourite sport is ten­nis and she has been seen in the stands at Wim­ble­don sup­port­ing her best friend Ser­ena Wil­liams. Tick­ets for the July tour­na­ment are by bal­lot, in­clud­ing overseas al­lo­ca­tions, but there is a lim­ited num­ber made avail­able each day – if you get there early enough. Diehard ten­nis fans camp on the grounds overnight to se­cure their place in the queue. If that’s too much ef­fort, you can visit the Wim­ble­don Lawn Ten­nis Mu­seum and tour the club in­stead.

Ad­mis­sion: Mu­seum only, adult £13, child £8, mu­seum and tour, adult £25, child £15.

WIM­BLE­DON.COM THE SANDS END PUB 135-137 STEPHENDALE RD, LON­DON, SW6 For a royal pub lunch, try The Sands End pub in up-mar­ket Ful­ham. Pre­vi­ously owned by Harry’s buddy Mark Dyer, the cou­ple en­joyed lunch here dur­ing one of Meghan’s early vis­its. De­scribed as a slice of coun­try in the city, it of­fers pub grub for the jet set with dishes such as crab fet­tuc­cine with bisque and wild black seabream with herb gnoc­chi.

THESANDSEND.CO.UK RAF 100 FLYPAST BUCK­ING­HAM PALACE, LON­DON SW1 This year marks the cen­te­nary of the Royal Air Force and to cel­e­brate, on July 10, 1500 ser­vice­men and women will march in the RAF 100 pa­rade with a huge fly-past over Buck­ing­ham Palace fea­tur­ing 100 past and cur­rent air­craft. The roy­als are head of the RAF – the Queen is Air Com­modore in Chief and Harry is Hon­orary Air Com­man­dant of RAF Hon­ing­ton, the home of the RAF, so it is ex­pected most of the fam­ily will at­tend.

RAF.MOD.UK RALPH & RUSSO 40 PARK ST, MAYFAIR, LON­DON W1 For her of­fi­cial en­gage­ment pho­tos, Meghan chose a $100,000 cou­ture gown by Ralph & Russo, a Bri­tish­based la­bel by Aus­tralians Ta­mara Ralph and Michael Russo. For those want­ing to em­u­late the bride, the brand has a cou­ture and ready-towear range at their Mayfair store and a stand-alone store within Har­rods.

RALPHANDRUSSO.COM PHILIPPA CRAD­DOCK AT SELFRIDGES SELFRIDGES, OX­FORD ST, LON­DON W1 Harry and Meghan se­lected so­ci­ety florist Philippa Crad­dock to do the flow­ers at their wed­ding. Ful­ham­based Crad­dock, who has worked for de­signer la­bels in­clud­ing Alexan­der McQueen, Dior and Vogue will use lo­cally-sourced fo­liage. “Where pos­si­ble, Philippa will use flow­ers and plants that are in sea­son and bloom­ing nat­u­rally in May, in­clud­ing branches of beech, birch and horn­beam, as well as white gar­den roses, pe­onies and fox­gloves,” Kens­ing­ton Palace said. For those want­ing a royal bou­quet of their own, Crad­dock has a con­ces­sion in Selfridges depart­ment store.

PHILIPPACRADDOCK.COM CLAIRE PTAK BAK­ERY 47 WILTON WAY, LON­DON E8 The baker cho­sen for the wed­ding cake was Claire Ptak, who runs Vi­o­let Cakes in Hack­ney, East Lon­don. Like florist Philippa Crad­dock, Ptak uses sea­sonal and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents in her cakes and the cou­ple has cho­sen el­der­flower over the tra­di­tional fruit cake. “Prince Harry and Ms Markle have asked Claire to cre­ate a lemon el­der­flower cake that will in­cor­po­rate the bright flavours of spring,” Kens­ing­ton Palace said. You can visit her bak­ery – just ex­pect to queue.




Fol­low in the foot­steps of the happy cou­ple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as they pre­pare for their Lon­don wed­ding of the year. WIND­SOR CAS­TLE




Take a breather from all the high-end Sloane Street shop­ping at the chic restau­rant, The Ivy Chelsea Gar­den; florist Philippa Crad­dock will beau­tify the royal nup­tials with white gar­den roses, pe­onies and fox­gloves.

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