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Getting the Royal Treatment in London

Kensington Palace in London
Buckingham Palace
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Getting the Royal Treatment in London

story by: Mike Williams

A royal wave of excitement swept through the country with the visit of Prince William, Catherine and their baby Prince George to New Zealand. Their ten day visit, earlier in 2014, had locals looking for the best vantage point to catch a glimpse of Wills, Kate and George. If you caught the bug and have an insatiable appetite for all things royal, then there’s no better way to quench your thirst than with a royal-themed trip to London. 

While visiting New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly received the royal treatment, from the stately Government House in Wellington to the five-star luxury resort in Queenstown that normally costs $12,000 a night. However, they certainly don't rough it when they return home.

Royal sights
You can visit Kensington Palace in Chelsea, London, where Prince William and Kate have their newly refurbished royal residence. The palace has housed royalty since the 17th century and the public side includes attractions such as exhibitions about Queen Victoria and life as a modern royal. Afterwards, nearby at The Orangery, there’s the unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the palace grounds. Perhaps you’ll spot Kate and George playing in the garden!

Unleash your inner-monarchist at iconic royal landmarks like Hampton Court, the Tower of London and of course the quintessential symbol of the British monarchy, Buckingham Palace, where the Queen lives. While there, watch the Changing of the Guard, which is a colourful spectacle full of grandeur, pageantry and ceremony. It takes place in the palace’s forecourt at around 11 a.m.

For a trip out of London, consider visiting the Queen’s other residence, Windsor Castle, in the English county of Berkshire. On the River Cherwell in Oxford or the River Cam in Cambridge, you could go punting. It’s a delightful, meandering ride through the English countryside on a flat-bottomed boat called a punt, which the punter propels by pushing against the river bed with a pole.

Royalty and equestrian go together like bangers and mash, so check out the Horse Stables at Hyde Park and maybe take a riding lesson or two. Or to add a more relaxing touch of class to your itinerary, indulge in High Tea at the Ritz, but don’t forget to check the dress code. If you do need to pick up any new attire, Kate likes to shop at Reiss, Topshop and Gap..

> Check out these London sightseeing deals and maximise your royal experience in London.

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