Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror in the 11th century, 40 successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. We shall be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle, so you can see for yourself the splendour of St. George's chapel and the sumptuous state apartments. Windsor itself is a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them!
After lunch we head to Buckingham Palace, the home of the British monarchy. The Palace was The Queen Elizabeth II’s residence in London as well as her administrative headquarters. Visitors to the State Rooms can see many of the magnificent rooms which form the heart of the working palace and are used regularly by the Royal Family for official entertainment, ceremonies and State functions. The Palace guides are on hand to point out the numerous works of priceless art in the lavishly furnished rooms. Afterwards, you can enjoy a walk along the south side of the Royal Garden and look out across the picturesque lake constructed in the 19th century. The tour ends in the Palace allowing you free time to explore at your leisure.
Special Coronation display at Buckingham Palace this summer:
The outfits worn by Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla at the Coronation will go on display as part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. Staged in the magnificent Ballroom, this special display will feature the Robe of Estate worn by The King, which was also worn by his grandfather King George VI for his Coronation in 1937.