ROYAL SIGHTS

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BUCK­ING­HAM PALACE One of Bri­tain’s most recog­nis­able land­marks, Buck­ing­ham Palace is the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the Queen. From the end of July to September the palace is open to vis­i­tors. The spec­tac­u­lar Chang­ing the Guard cer­e­mony will be held daily to July, and on al­ter­na­tive days for the rest of the year.

KENS­ING­TON PALACE This palace has been home to many mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily in­clud­ing Queen Vic­to­ria, Diana Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge. Take a tour and dis­cover sto­ries from Queen Vic­to­ria’s life told in her own words in the Vic­to­ria Re­vealed exhibition.

WIND­SOR CAS­TLE Not only is this the Queen’s favourite res­i­dence, it’s the largest and old­est oc­cu­pied cas­tle in the world. Don’t miss the mag­nif­i­cent State Apart­ments, St Ge­orge’s Chapel (the burial ground of 10 mon­archs), the Draw­ings Gallery with its chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, de­signed by Sir Edwin Lu­tyens in the 1920s with work­ing light fit­tings and plumbed bath­rooms. The Queen’s Walk­way in Wind­sor opened in September last year and was of­fi­cially launched by the Queen in April. WEST­MIN­STER ABBEY Steeped in more than 1000 years of his­tory, this abbey has been the set­ting for the corona­tion of ev­ery English monarch from 1066. It has also seen 16 royal wed­dings, in­clud­ing the then Princess El­iz­a­beth’s mar­riage to the Duke of Ed­in­burgh in 1947, and the wed­ding of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge in 2011.

SAN­DRING­HAM HOUSE This es­tate in Nor­folk is one of the Queen’s favourites, and where she chooses to spend Christ­mas. The house, gar­dens and mu­seum are open to the pub­lic until October.

ED­IN­BURGH CAS­TLE Perched at the top of Ed­in­burgh’s Royal Mile, this cas­tle is the city’s most pop­u­lar at­trac­tion. It be­came Scot­land’s chief royal cas­tle in the Mid­dle Ages and is now home to the Scot­tish Crown Jew­els and the Na­tional War Mu­seum of Scot­land.

BAL­MORAL CAS­TLE Pur­chased by Queen Vic­to­ria in 1848, this es­tate in Aberdeen­shire is a pri­vate Scot­tish home of the Royal Fam­ily. The Queen and her fam­ily usu­ally spend their sum­mer here. Its grounds, gar­dens and Cas­tle Ball­room are open to the pub­lic until July. HAMP­TON COURT PALACE The mag­nif­i­cent palace in Rich­mond, Lon­don, was Henry VIII’s favourite res­i­dence. Step back in time for a taste of Tu­dor life in the kitchens; lose your­self in the maze; at­tend a ser­vice at the Chapel Royal and ex­plore the gar­dens, among the most beau­ti­ful in the world.

TOWER OF LON­DON One of the world’s most fa­mous fortresses, the Tower has seen ser­vice as a royal palace, pri­son, ar­moury and even a zoo. To­day, it’s a World Heritage site, where you’ll find the Crown Jew­els, hear tales on a Yeo­man Warder tour and see where Henry VIII’s wives Anne Bo­leyn and Cather­ine Howard are thought to have been ex­e­cuted.

PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE The Queen’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Scot­land is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was mar­ried here, and wit­nessed the bru­tal killing of her sec­re­tary in her pri­vate apart­ments. Tour the State Apart­ments, the gar­dens and the Queen’s Gallery, which has chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions from the Royal Col­lec­tion.

Source: visitbritain.com/au/en/royal-bri­tain.

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