A right Royal visit to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

Changing guards at Buckingham Palace
Changing guard at Buckingham Palace, London, UK - Image by Pixabay

If you are one of many fans of the British Royals from all over the world, come see how the other half lives by visiting Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle this year.

Royal residences in England

There is always much interest in the Royal family in the global media. Especially so with the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s firstborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 7.

Britain is a place of pomp and ceremony when it comes to Queen Elizabeth II and her Royal brood and you can experience a little of this yourself.

Changing guard at Buckingham Palace

You might recall a little song from a while back, where the lyrics went “They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace.” This is one regular ceremony that is definitely worth seeing, but you can also visit the palace itself.

Buckingham Palace London
Exterior of Buckingham Palace – Image by Pixabay

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II and is not only her home, but also her office. It is possible to tour the State Rooms in the palace to get an idea of how the other half lives.

These rooms are the working area of the palace and are regularly used by the Royal Family for official ceremonies, state functions and entertainment. Guides are always available to reveal the lavishly furnished and spacious rooms, with their many works of priceless art on the walls.

After having your fill of the inside of Buckingham Palace, enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Royal Garden with its manicured lawns and pretty flowers. Also see the picturesque lake on the property, which was built in the 19th century.

A visit to Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is located just outside London on a hill overlooking the River Thames. The castle has 900 years of Royal history behind it and has been continuously occupied all that time. In fact, it is the largest of its kind to be in continuous use by Royals anywhere in the world.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle in Windsor, UK – Image by Pixabay

It was first the home of William the Conqueror in the 11th century, and has been revamped for a series of Royals since then. Currently it is, of course, another home for the more recent members of the British Royal family.

You can take a tour of Windsor Castle and gaze at the luxurious state apartments, full of paintings from the Royal art collection and opulent furnishings. Also take a peek at the glorious St. George’s chapel, the Royal family’s official place of worship.

Queen Mary’s Doll’s House

There is something more to visit at Windsor Castle. Most little girls dream of owning a dolls’ house, but none could be quite as fantastic as this one. It is known as being the most beautiful and famous dolls’ house in the world. Leading British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens built the dolls’ house for Queen Mary, the consort of George V, between 1921 and 1924.

More than 1,500 of the finest craftsmen and artists were involved in the creation of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Each room can be explored by the public, including the salon and dining room, a library full of books by the biggest literary geniuses of that period and a well-stocked wine cellar. There is also a garage and servants’ quarters.

Queen Mary's Dolls' House - Windsor Castle
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – Windsor Castle – Image by llee_wu/Flickr

Surrounding the dolls’ house is a beautiful garden, which was the creation of Gertrude Jekyll. Even more amazing is the fact that the doll’s house has running hot and cold water, electricity and working elevators!

Besides the castle itself, Windsor is a lovely town to visit, where walking the streets will reveal many traditional shops. There are also a number of historic pubs in the town. Rumor has it that Shakespeare wrote the play “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in one of these pubs.

Make a point of taking a Royal tour in the UK this year and enjoy all the opulence and beauty, while maybe feeling just a tad jealous!