7 Royal Sights in London for Royal Family Fans
Are you one of the millions of people around the world who are captivated by the British Crown? London, home base for the British monarchy and full of royal sights, is an ideal city for royal family fanatics to study abroad in and explore. If royal baby Archie’s arrival has filled you with wanderlust to explore London and the history of the Crown, we can relate!
To celebrate the new royal family member, here’s a guide to 7 royal
sights in London:
1. Buckingham Palace
As the administrative headquarters of the monarch, Buckingham Palace (featured above) is the central point of the British monarchy. The extravagant palace has a square footage of over 800,000 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world! While visiting, keep an eye out for the Royal Standard flag – if it flies, the Queen is home.
2. Hampton Court Palace
The magnificent Hampton
Court Palace has been around for over 500 years and is just a short ride from
central London. Its remarkable gardens, opened to the public in the 1830s, are
a major highlight that attract thousands of visitors to the palace each year.
Aside from that, you can also take guided tours of the palace’s interior and
walk the same hallways as King Henry VII and William and Mary.
3. Westminster Abbey
by Benedictine monks in the mid-tenth century, Westminster Abbey has been host
to sixteen royal weddings. Additionally,
all coronations of English and British monarchs since 1066 have taken place
in Westminster Abbey – now
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from 17 British monarchs, other notable
figures now buried here include Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens.
4. Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle, about
an hour’s drive outside of London, is the largest occupied castle in the world
and one of the Queen’s residences. To this day, the 11th century
castle remains a working palace and more than 500 people live and work within
its walls. For those yearning for a glimpse at royal living, the castle is open
to the public for tours.
5. Kew Palace
it’s one of the smallest British palaces, the Kew Palace is distinctively elegant
and charming. Built in the 1600s, this palace is situated a little less than an
hour from London on the banks of the River Thames. King George III was known to
regularly spend his summers there with his wife, Queen Charlotte and their 15
children. Today, the Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage are in the trust
of Historic Royal Palaces and open to the public.
6. Kensington Palace
official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and former home
of Princess Diana, Kensington Palace is one of Britain’s most famous palaces. It has been home to royals since the 17th
century and various public events are held in the Kensington Gardens each year.
7. Sandringham House
private residence owned by the Queen, the royal Sandringham Estate spans an
impressive 20,000 acres. It first came under Royal ownership in 1862 by the
Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, and has since been passed down in the
family. Although the Crown owns other Royal palaces, the Sandringham House is
owned specifically by the royal family.
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