If you’ve been fantasising about your own royal lifestyle, check out our top suggestions to channel your inner king or queen and then go live the dream yourself.
Walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey
The organ rumbles, the first notes of the wedding march ring out below the soaring medieval roof and Kate starts her walk to the altar… well, that's what happened on 29 April 2011. Visit Westminster Abbey, London’s awe inspiring World Heritage Site, to stand where countless royals have been married, crowned, and buried.
Stay in a castle
If you’re going to be royal, you’ll need a suitably regal accommodation. At Dundas Castle in Edinburgh, you’ll get exclusive use of the entire castle, a range of exciting outdoor pursuits and five-star catering, including a medieval banquet. In Wales, try the centuries-old Ruthin Castle, once owned by King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. If your budget won’t stretch to an overnight stay, why not explore Aberdeen City and Shire, which has the greatest concentration of castles in the United Kingdom.
Royal Ascot, Berkshire, England
Rub shoulders with the elite while you enjoy the action at Britain’s most famous racecourse. Royal Ascot is, without doubt, the highlight of the social calendar where you’ll see many of the Queen’s own horses compete. It’s also a great excuse to look the part – the Thursday is ‘Ladies’ Day’, when the Royal Ascot is turned into a fashion show of fabulous hats.
Outdoor pursuits in the Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland
The Royal Family are well-known for their passion for outdoor pursuits and there’s nowhere better to try and follow in their Wellington Boot-steps than at the Alladale Wilderness Reserve near Inverness, Scotland. Remote, wild and sublimely beautiful, Alladale is the place to try pony trekking, fishing, stalking, clay pigeon shooting, guided 4x4 safaris, mountain biking, hiking and much more.
Helicopter tour of London, England
Take a look at the London Heliport website to book a flight. From here you can take a helicopter tour over London for unmatched views over the capital’s iconic skyline before returning to the Battersea area to sample Spa Verta’s decadent treatments, sip cocktails on the riverside terrace, and dine in the acclaimed restaurant as you watch the comings and goings at the helipad.
The Royal Opera House, London, England
A night at the opera is a special experience anywhere, but when it’s at London’s 150-year-old Royal Opera House, it is truly a night to remember. Before the performance, be sure to have a glass of champagne under the soaring canopy of the Floral Hall, which was once part of the original Covent Garden flower market. For a really royal evening, look into booking a box for an upcoming performance.
Shopping in Savile Row, London, England
Indulge yourself at one of London’s most prestigious addresses, 1 Savile Row, the home of Gieves and Hawkes, bespoke tailors and suppliers of uniforms and suits to the Royal Family. If you’re not in the market for a new suit, how about some handmade shoes? Be sure to check out Carréducker, the dapper shoemakers that have a glass fronted workshop in the store.
A trip on the Orient Express
Explore the best of Britain’s scenery on the most exclusive, romantic and luxurious trains in the world. Discover the majestic Scottish Highlands on the Royal Scotsman or take the art deco British Pullman for 1920s vintage glamour. All the trains are luxuriously furnished and have onboard dining with champagne served and exquisite tasting menus.
Learn to play Polo, Cotswolds, England
Thundering up and down the field on a nippy polo pony and thwacking a ball has been a key component of royal life for years. Prince William and Prince Harry both play and, chances are, if you attend matches during the season, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with some pretty regal folks. Watching is one thing but if you want the full princely package why not take a lesson? Cirencester Polo Academy, located in the Cotswolds, offers introductory lessons to this ‘sport of kings’.
Tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland
Board the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s floating palace now retired and moored in Edinburgh. It was a favourite with honeymooning royal couples including Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips and the Prince and Princess of Wales. Have a unique peek inside the Queen’s bedroom, take tea on the deck as the Queen once did, or toast the royal couple on the big day with a glass of Champagne.