Favourite Five

Favourite Five: Best places to see Royal Things

The buzz is reaching fever pitch as we head towards Saturday 19th May. It has already been an exciting few weeks for the Royal family with the birth of the newest Prince; HRH Prince Louis. Royal mania will culminate with the Royal Wedding which is now just around the corner! Our latest top 5 looks at all things Royal.

The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels
The Tower of London is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London located on the north bank of the River Thames and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England; it has played a prominent role in English history. Since the early 90s the Crown Jewels have been on display to the public. The Crown Jewels includes jewels, plates and symbols of royalty such as the crown, sceptre and sword used during coronation. These are housed within the Tower in the specially built Jewel House. You may have already seen some of these jewels on display as they are regularly used by the Queen. 

Princess Diana’s Dress Collection
Kensington Palace is home to the enthralling Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit. Classified as the definitive dress exhibition it traces the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales’s style journey throughout the years. The Fashion Rules Restyled exhibition showcases some of her most famous  gowns including her wedding dress consisting of 10,000 pearls and 25- foot train and the iconic blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.

Changing of the guards
Provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a striking and unforgettable display of British pomp and pageantry as the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard outside Buckingham Palace. Lasting around 45 minutes and taking place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday the New Guard arrives from Wellington Barracks and then takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. Attend for the costumes alone – traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. Buckingham Palace itself is also open in the summer.

National Portrait Gallery
Opened in 1856, the art gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. The National Portrait Gallery is located at St Martin’s Place, off Trafalgar Square and adjoining the National Gallery. Room 17 covers the period of George IV, firstly as Regent from 1811-1819 and then as King from 1820-1830. Other notable portraits are of the Trial of Queen Caroline and daughter Charlotte Augusta, Nelson and Emma Hamilton and the Duke of Wellington.

Windsor Castle
The venue for the latest Royal nuptials and for 15 previous Royal weddings. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen’s favourite weekend home. A royal residence located in Windsor, Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the British royal family and for its architecture. Originally dating back to the 11th Century, Windsor Castle was used as a refuge by the royal family during the Luftwaffe bombing campaigns of the Second World War and survived a fire in 1992. It is a popular tourist attraction, a venue for hosting state visits, and the preferred weekend home of Elizabeth II. It is also well worth a visit to Windsor.