A summer of royal things to do

Friday 22 July 2016

This summer marked the third birthday of Prince George Alexander Louis, perhaps better known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Unless you are a close friend or family member of the young Prince, you probably can’t count on an invite to birthday celebrations. However, if you’re a lover of all things royal, there are plenty of amazing places you can visit this season.

You can book tickets to visit Buckingham Palace, which will be open for the summer season from 23 July to 2 October. And this year, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will chart the significant events in the Queen’s life and Britain’s history through an exclusive collection of dresses and accessories designed for these occasions. Perfect for fans of fashion and history, this exhibit can be seen until the 2 October.

While you’re there, enjoy the splendor of the State Rooms and take a tour of the palace’s gardens. If you haven’t had enough of a royal adventure, hop on a train and travel 30 minutes from London to reach Windsor to visit the castle where the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in June.  In addition to seeing the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, you can take a tour of ancient Eton College, where Prince William and Harry went to school.

Believe it or not, there are still many royal sights to see! Scotland is incredibly easy to get to and its capital, Edinburgh, is the home of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Tour the gardens, Abbey, and even enjoy afternoon tea in this Scottish royal residence. After a tour of the palace and an exploration of Edinburgh, take a trip to the beautiful seaside town of St. Andrews, just 90 minutes by train. Take in a round of golf and explore the University of St. Andrews where a young Prince William met Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge.

Still haven’t had enough? Make your way to Wales! The quiet town of Anglesey is a beautiful seaside destination that was home to William and Catherine shortly after their 2011 wedding. Finish up your royal adventure with a few viewings of ancient castles. Wales certainly isn’t short on the structures, known as the “Land of Castles,” it houses 641 fortresses, the highest concentration per capita in the world.

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