Soak up history, romance at sites of the Royal Wedding
Windsor Castle has always been a popular day-trip from London for visitors who have wanted to experience the oldest occupied castle in the world — but with its global exposure to 2 billion viewers who saw the fairy tale wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, the castle and its quaint village have taken on an air of romance.
Windsor is a direct hop via train or bus, and because of the demand, reservations for transportation and pre-purchase of tickets is now highly recommended. Admission includes what you’ll need for a self-guided tour of the vast (and hilly) grounds and the castle’s spectacular halls and rooms, from the mind-boggling collection of armor to the intricate and delightful Queen Mary’s Dolls House. There is also a Changing of the Guard ceremony, and the opportunity to tour (but not photograph inside) St. George’s Chapel, final resting place of monarchs — but now most famous as site of the royal nuptials.
From 3-31 August, limited night tours of Windsor Castle will be offered for £65 per person, which will include a visit to the State Apartments and a glass of champagne.
Walkable Windsor village offers gift, souvenir and shopping for luxury items, as well as inns for an overnight or extended visit, pubs and other eateries.
A half-mile south of the Castle is the 17th-century Frogmore House, another royal favourite (including serving as a getaway for Queen Victoria), where the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s most glittering and exclusive wedding celebration was held on the evening of their nuptials.
Tours are available of the picturesque grounds and the botanically-themed house. A special feature is a room filled with memorabilia from the longtime royal yacht Britannia, which Prince Philip ordered preserved when the vessel was decommissioned in 1994.
Back in London, when you stay at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation, you can authentically claim the young royals as near-neighbours. Prince William, his wife Kate, and their three children — and now Prince Harry and wife Meghan — all reside at Kensington Palace, just a mile from your Chelsea flat. The princes spent part of their childhood in the palace with their mother, Princess Diana. The imposing red brick structure, where Queen Victoria was born and raised, is at the edge of Hyde Park and is open year-round for tours of its magnificent rooms and notable gardens — as well as for afternoon tea.
Plan ahead to catch the palace’s wildly popular exhibit, “Diana: Her Fashion Story.” The collection of the style icon’s memorable gowns, dresses and ensembles — which through November features the shirt, chinos and protective gear the Princess wore while inspecting a field in Angola for land mines in 1997 — is included in the admission ticket cost. Visitors, however, are cautioned to expect a wait.
Stop at our porter desk to learn the best ways to walk or ride to your neighbourhood “palace.”