As a nation we’ve long been in love with the Royals, and with Wills and Kate fever set to take over as the Royal Wedding fast approaches, many are sure to look to England’s rolling countryside, historic castles and gilded palaces as Blighty re-ignites its passion for the monarchy.
In between buying my hat (I am hoping for an invite…Kate?! Wills?!?), attempting to emulate Kate’s tumbling tresses and breaking out the bunting, I’ll be sure to visit some of England’s historic palaces and castles as I swoon over and fall back in love with the modern-day royals and their gloried past.
Windsor Castle Private Tours and Royal Tattoo:
The Queen’s official residence and one of the world’s oldest castles, the towering and historic Windsor Castle is a must-visit for anyone looking to discover and celebrate Britain’s royals and their much-storied past.
With tours of the castle‘s atmospheric interior, state apartments and artistic masterpieces as well as the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo, Royal Windsor Horse Show and Windsor Food and Shopping Festival scheduled for May, visitors will find much to do in regal Windsor before this Spring’s royal wedding.
Buckingham Palace and Garden Highlight Tours:
While Kate and Wills have remained tight-lipped on their wedding’s details, the newlywed couple are sure to take to Buckingham Palace’s ornate balcony – as many just-married royals have done before – so they can greet the adoring flag-waving crowds set to line Pall Mall and beyond.
And as the couple announced their long-awaited engagement from the Palace’s lavishly styled public rooms and as Kate’s wedding dress is said to be being made behind the palace’s gilded gates, a tour of Buckingham Palace and its ornate gardens – originally occupied by the romantic Queen Victoria and her much-loved Prince Albert – is sure to be a must for anyone who adores weddings past and present.
Hampton Court Palace:
A favourite palace of Henry VIII – and where the monarch is said to have courted the ill-fated Anne Boleyn – visitors looking to discover the romancing grounds and pleasure palaces of the Tudors and British royals of days long past need look no further than historic Hampton Court Palace.
Having been the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales, and other notable modern-day royals such as Princess Margaret and Princess Alice, the gilded state rooms and rolling gardens of Kensington Palace were also the childhood home of Princes William and Harry, making Kensington Palace a must-visit for any royal wedding enthusiast keen to re-trace the Prince’s move from boy to groom.