Swans, yachts, hats and a tattoo. We don’t mean ink under the skin, we mean the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is an exhilarating musical performance held on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle every summer. Experience something utterly English with an afternoon at Royal Ascot. The famous race day, which takes place every June, is a chance to put on your most fabulous dress and most feathery hat for some prime royalty spotting. A more frequent royal ceremony is the Changing of the Guard. This happens at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Horse Guards on Whitehall. At Buckingham Palace, immaculately attired regiments, precision military drill and bands playing rousing music combine to create one of the most popular – and free – attractions in London. We recommend getting there early so you get the best views.