No visit to London is complete until you have witnessed some quintessential British traditions: The Changing of the Guard and a glimpse into the lives of the Royal Family. Begin your day with a stroll through St James Park where your guide will reveal the history and legends of the park, originally bought by Henry VII to build York Palace.
Then you’ll head to Buckingham where your guide will get you up close and personal to the sound of the horse’s hooves and calling Guards as they carry out the world-famous tradition of the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy commentary of the history and pageantry behind the ceremony – where the Queen’s easy-to-spot Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or where the Household Cavalry Change the Guard at Horse Guards parade.
After the unforgettable ceremony of the Changing of the Guard you’ll visit The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, one of the finest working stables in existence. You’ll have a bespoke audio-guide with you so you don't miss a moment. Discover for yourself all the coaches and cars used by the Royal Family throughout history and still to this day, as well as the royal horses in their stables.
In the State Stables, check out the royal liveries and get the opportunity to play dress up and take some fun photos in specially-created livery. You can even step into a royal carriage, sit down and practice your regal wave just like Queen Victoria did in 1897 with the replica Semi-State Landau.
You will see the famous Diamond Jubilee Coach that was built to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012; the Glass coach; the State Landau which Kate and William traveled in after their wedding; and the Gold State coach which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.
Immerse yourself in London’s most cherished traditions with the knowledge and expertise of a local guide on our The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace Tour with the Changing of the Guards.
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