Just one more week to go until the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will arrive in Australia. Whilst the royals make themselves at home in our beautiful country, we thought we would take this opportunity peek into their homes! Visit England has put together a list of England's best royal residences and places with royal connections. Here are our favourite locations; you better get ready for a royal holiday in the United Kingdom!
Located in the middle of London, between Green Park and St James's Park, Buckingham Palace is an iconic royal centrepiece. The Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today it's the Royal Family's headquarters. The building is 108 metres long and 120 metres deep. Inside is 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Phew! The Queen's Gallery is open all year round and summer is the best time to visit this venue. This is when the State Rooms are open to visitors (August to September) and if the English weather is kind, you can have yourself a picnic in the surrounding parks.
Windsor Castle is a beautiful royal residence in the county of Berkshire. The original Castle was built in the 11th century which makes this castle the oldest and longest occupied palace in Europe. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II, and see where Prince William and Harry spent much of their childhood. Notable are the early 19th-century State Apartments. This is where the treasures from the Royal Collection are on display, including Queen Mary's Dolls House - a miniature palace which has running water! Since it will only take you 40 minutes to drive from central London to the castle, it is definitely worth a visit.
Those who love the English countryside cannot miss out on Highgrove in Gloucester. This classic English country house is home to Prince Charles and is famous for its elegant gardens - designed by the Prince himself. The best time to visit these gardens is between April and September, when the flowers are coming out. You will need to book a ticket in advance. Another highlight is the Highgrove shop, which produces top-quality merchandise of all varieties, from handcrafted silver to fine spirits. Driving from London to Highgrove is a beautiful 2 hour trip through the English countryside. It's a 30 minute drive from Bristol.
Eton College was established in 1440 and this makes it one of England's oldest schools. Due to its strong traditions and great education, it's considered to be one of the best schools in the country. Royal Princes William and Harry were educated at Eton College. The school was selected because of its reputation, but also because it was close to Windsor Castle - the home of their grandmother. The historic buildings are simply stunning and guided tours are available when you arrange it in advance. Eton College is located 35 kilometres from central London. Just follow the M4 and you'll be there in 40 minutes.
Various dukes, duchesses and princes have called Kensington Palace their home since it was built in the 17th century. Diana, Princess of Wales, has lived here and it's currently the unofficial residence of Prince Harry. Visit the restored apartments of King George II and Queen Caroline, admire royal fashion that has been worn throughout the last century or go for a stroll in the Palace Gardens. It's a royally great day out for the whole family on your royal holiday!
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