A Royal Tour

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Noth­ing kick starts An­glo­ma­nia quite like a royal wed­ding. The union of the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, Harry and Meghan, had the com­mon­ers trans­fixed while view­ing the fancy go­ings-on in Wind­sor. Mil­lions watched while the cou­ple ex­changed vows. The ro­mance and sump­tu­ous set­ting re­minded us all why we all se­cretly want to be royal.

You may not be in line to marry a royal—but the next best op­tion is to travel in Eng­land like one. Grab friends, fam­ily or your en­tourage and hop the pond. Let the re­gal fort­night be­gin!

DAYS ONE TO THREE – AS­COT & WIND­SOR

Upon touch­down at Heathrow check into the five star Coworth Park in As­cot—part of the ex­clu­sive Dorch­ester Col­lec­tion. Guests will find them­selves in good com­pany, Princes Harry and Wil­liam spent the night here be­fore the wed­ding, as did Meghan’s friends Ser­ena Wil­liams and Priyanka Cho­pra.

Fend off jet lag by stay­ing ac­tive af­ter

land­ing. En­joy the spa, go for a swim in the nat­u­rally lit in­door pool, take a rid­ing les­son, or bor­row a bike from the fleet to ex­plore the 240-acre es­tate.

De­pend­ing on the time of day, take af­ter­noon tea ac­com­pa­nied by a live harpist in the Draw­ing Room, or dine on Miche­lin-starred cui­sine at Restau­rant Coworth Park. Then tuck in for a well-de­served good night’s sleep.

Be­fore leav­ing As­cot it’s worth check­ing what’s on at the leg­endary lo­cal race track. Duchess Meghan re-emerged from the se­cret hon­ey­moon at Royal As­cot to de­light the rail­birds in stun­ning white Givenchy, rem­i­nis­cent of her won­der­ful wed­ding gown. Be sure to do your home­work be­fore at­tend­ing—Royal As­cot has a “style guide” which is 36 pages long.

Take a full day to visit Wind­sor, site of the royal wed­ding. The splen­did St. Ge­orge’s Chapel is known as one of the finest ex­am­ples of Gothic ar­chi­tec­ture, and most beau­ti­ful churches in Eng­land. Ev­ery­one is free to at­tend ser­vices there, or use the visit in­cluded with a ticket to Wind­sor Cas­tle. The cas­tle it­self is one of the iconic must-sees on any trip to Eng­land, home to the royal fam­ily for an as­ton­ish­ing 1,000 years.

Spend the af­ter­noon like a lo­cal with a Wind­sor pub crawl be­fore the train to Lon­don. Two Brew­ers is well-re­garded for out­stand­ing fare. Post up and while away the af­ter­noon over a pint or three, bad­ger­ing the lo­cals who may have ex­pe­ri­enced the wed­ding first hand. Their sto­ries are sure to re­gale you.

DAYS FOUR TO SIX -- LON­DON

Stay at the fab­u­lous Chiltern Fire­house, in Maryle­bone, where Kate Moss, David Beck­ham, and Bill Clin­ton have all been spot­ted. The ho­tel is also fa­mous as the place where Duchess Meghan has in­dulged in her fa­vorite night­cap, the Ne­groni. The Queen her­self would ap­prove of the ho­tel bar’s boozy take on the clas­sic cock­tail, with thrice the nor­mal dosage of Ply­mouth gin. Af­ter all, Queen

El­iz­a­beth II en­joys a Gin & Dubon­net be­fore lunch ev­ery day.

The fa­mous blind date took place at Lon­don’s Soho House. The pri­vate club is no­to­ri­ously ex­clu­sive, al­though ev­ery mem­ber can bring three guests so ask around. Even bet­ter, go high/low and visit Soho House-owned Dirty Burg­ers, the tasty treat that was served at the sec­ond or “ca­sual” royal re­cep­tion. Prince Harry is a well-known fan of burg­ers and beer, at least un­til Meghan urged him to lose “half a stone” for those royal wed­ding pho­tos. Head for the hip neigh­bor­hood of Shored­itch to wal­low like a Wind­sor at 13 Beth­nal Green Road. To work off those ex­tra calo­ries, hit up Nobu Ho­tel Shored­itch for a very Meghan work­out at Stu­dio La­gree.

When it comes to shop­ping, Meghan’s fas­ci­na­tion with all things Givenchy has been well-doc­u­mented. Take a closer look at the bou­tiques in­side Har­rod’s and Sel­fridge’s, where are there are oo­dles of other things to ogle for ev­ery­one in the group. Pro tip for non-roy­als: there’s a Givenchy out­let store in Bices­ter Vil­lage, just north of Ox­ford.

Chan­nel your in­ner Sloane Ranger by in­dulging in Meghan’s fa­vorite scent from Jo Malone Lon­don, Wild Blue­bell, at the bou­tique in Sloane Square. Then while away the af­ter­noon an­tiquing on Por­to­bello Road; Meghan’s In­sta­gram ac­count was

filled with fan­tas­tic finds from the fa­mous mar­ket.

DAYS SEVEN TO FOUR­TEEN – UK COUN­TRY­SIDE

City tastes sated, it’s time to head for the coun­try­side with UK Coun­try­side Tours. The be­spoke op­er­a­tor of­fers ex­clu­sive themed tours that “tell the sto­ries of Eng­land” while giv­ing visi­tors ac­cess to places nor­mally re­served for the elite. Each tour al­lows guests to sit with ex­perts, cu­ra­tors, schol­ars and even roy­alty, de­pend­ing on the sub­ject. Choose the RHS Royal Chelsea and Hamp­ton Court Palace Flower Show Tour. Learn about the hor­ti­cul­tural her­itage of Lon­don dis­tricts Chelsea and Hamp­ton, start­ing with Henry VIII to the present. Or cre­ate a cus­tom tour through the “Study at Chatsworth” op­tion where “in­trigue, power, tragedy and pas­sion” fill the grounds. The Chatsworth house is an ex­cel­lent base for dis­cov­er­ing iconic English coun­try houses. The es­tate, col­lec­tion and gar­dens seem to whis­per tales to visi­tors. UK Coun­try­side Tours base many of their ex­cur­sions there, and if you’re lucky, you just might meet the Duke of Devonshire.

It’s time to give the royal wave good-bye to Eng­land, but don’t for­get to grab a piece of sou­venir wed­ding china on your last day. It might make sip­ping tea back home a bit fancier.

Wind­sor Cas­tle

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