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.