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Tour Clarence House − home of the roy­als for 200 years.

As Clarence House − the home of roy­alty for the past two cen­turies − opens its gilded gates to vis­i­tors, you have the chance to see what life is like for a royal, says Ko­hi­noor Sa­hota.

If walls could talk, it would be cap­ti­vat­ing to know what Clarence House has to say. Per­haps they would tell us about how the Queen Mother took her daily gin and Dubon­net, what it was like when the new­ly­weds, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, moved in, or what hap­pens when the Prince of Wales babysits Prince Ge­orge. While you might not get the full story of these events on your visit, you can get one step closer to un­der­stand­ing what life is like for the royal fam­ily.

Clarence House has been home to roy­alty for over two cen­turies. John Nash, whose other work in­cludes Buck­ing­ham Palace, and the plan­ning of St. James’s Park and Re­gent Street, built the home be­tween 1825 and 1829. To­day, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Corn­wall re­side there.

On the Ex­clu­sive Guided Tour, which takes place on se­lected days in Au­gust, you can gain ex­tra ac­cess. The tour be­gins in the gar­den where there is a memo­rial to The Queen Mother. You then visit the Lan­caster Room, the Morn­ing Room (left), the Li­brary, the Dining Room and the Gar­den Room, which is where guests from around the world are re­ceived. And, fi­nally, the nor­mally off-lim­its Corn­wall Room, which is hung with the Prince of Wales’ wa­ter­colours.

And, af­ter your guide has taken you around the four-storey house, what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than with the added ex­tra: a glass of Cham­pagne? Clarence House, St. James's Palace, SW1 1BA. T: 020-7766 7300. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk.

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